‘Rape victim’s tudung did not save her’

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: The recent conviction of a Kelantan man for rape and murder has prompted an activist lawyer to question the effectiveness of PAS’s Islamic administration, particularly as it pertains to the protection of women.

Nik Elin Rashid, who is a Kelantan native, said one would have expected sexual offences and violent crimes to be rare in a state governed according to Islamic principles.

Last Wednesday, the Kota Bharu High Court found Mohammad Awari Ahmad, 25, guilty of the 2015 rape and murder of housewife Yashmin Fauzi. He was sentenced to death for the murder and 18 years’ jail and 12 strokes of the rotan for the rape.

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Castrating rapists a ‘barbaric act’, say human rights groups

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Human rights groups are opposed to a proposal that rapists be castrated as a form of punishment, urging authorities not to resort to such “violent” measures.

The proposal in question was discussed a meeting involving the Sarawak state government yesterday.

Citizen Action Group on Enforced Disappearance (CAGED) spokesperson Thomas Fann said criminal justice is a federal matter and not for any one state to discuss or decide on.

“Any irreversible procedure like castration, amputation or the death penalty should not be considered, given that no human justice system is perfect and infallible,” Fann said to FMT.

Adding that “punishment alone won’t stop such crimes”, he said it was more important to understand why sexual crimes are committed and what mechanisms can be used to ensure that victims can safely report their situations. Read more

Sarawak will profile rapists, victims of incest before pushing castration proposal

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUCHING, Sept 11 — The Sarawak Social Development Council (SDC) will profile the perpetrators and victims of incest before discussing further a proposal to castrate the perpetrators as a form of additional punishment, state Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said today.

She said the council, under her ministry, is expected to complete profiling of the perpetrators and victims by November this year.

Fatimah said the police, medical department, welfare department and women and family council are among agencies helping SDC to do the profiling.

“After we have completed the profiling, we will discuss the castrate proposal in-depth in our lab later,” she told reporters after chairing the Women and Family Council meeting here. Read more

Sarawak government to discuss proposal to castrate convicted rapists

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUCHING, Sept 10 — Sarawak welfare, community wellbeing, women and family development minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said today the state government will discuss a proposal to include castration to be imposed against rapists.

She said a high-level meeting on the matter will be held tomorrow, and that the proposal has received support from concerned citizens over the rise of incest cases after she posted on it her Facebook page.

“We will look at this proposal at our third state women and family council meeting tomorrow,” she told reporters after attending a tea party to mark the official birthdays of the Sarawak Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong  XV Sultan Muhammad V, which both fell on September 9. Read more

Rahman Dahlan: ‘Abhorrent’ to allow rapists to marry victims

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan expressed shock over his Umno colleague’s suggestion that the future of rape victims would be 'not bleak' if they were to be married to their attackers. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan expressed shock over his Umno colleague’s suggestion that the future of rape victims would be ‘not bleak’ if they were to be married to their attackers. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 4 — Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan hit out at his Umno colleague Datuk Shabudin Yahya for suggesting that rape victims be married to their attackers, saying that he was “shocked” and “disappointed” with the remarks made by the Tasek Gelugor MP.

Shabudin had earlier today said that the future of rape victims would not be bleak if they are married to their rapists, and that marriage between a victim and her rapist can in fact help solve social problems.

“I just came across an article about the comments of Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahya in Parliament in respect of underage marriages and marriages between victims and rapists with utter shock and disappointment,” Abdul Rahman said in a statement tonight.

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department pointed out that every child has the right to live and to dream, and that while it is the parents’ responsibility to provide a decent childhood for their children, the government and lawmakers have the responsibility to protect the best interest of Malaysian children. Read more

Penang CM says embarrassed by Tasik Gelugor MP’s rape remark

Source: The Malay Mail Online

GEORGE TOWN, April 5 — Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng called Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahya unfit for office over the latter’s suggestion that rapists be allowed to marry their child victims as a solution to social problems.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng says Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahya has a 'depraved and sick' mind. — Picture by K.E. Ooi for the MMO.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng says Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahya has a ‘depraved and sick’ mind. — Picture by K.E. Ooi for the MMO.

Lim said the Penang executive council unanimously condemned Shabudin, adding that the latter’s suggestion showed a “depraved and sick” mind.

“Penang people don’t want a monster to become their MP, we don’t want people with no compassion for rape victims to be an MP.

“We are ashamed to have an MP like this from Penang. Even though he’s not in the state government, he is a black stain for Penang,” he said.

He then demanded that Barisan Nasional and Umno expel Shabudin, and ask the latter to resign as MP.

State executive councillor Chong Eng urged state opposition leader Datuk Jahara Hamid to make a stand on this issue.

“I hope she will join us to call for the expulsion of this monster from BN and Umno,” she said.

Lim and Chong were responding to remarks Shabudin made when debating the Child Sexual Offences Bill 2017 in Parliament. Read more

Rape at detention centre: Malacca CM wants thorough probe

Source: FMT News

Idris Haron says no stone must be left unturned as doubts raised over details in Thai woman's claim of being raped by an immigration department officer. Pic from FMT News.

Idris Haron says no stone must be left unturned as doubts raised over details in Thai woman’s claim of being raped by an immigration department officer. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Malacca Chief Minister Idris Haron says a comprehensive probe must be carried out as questions emerge over a Thai masseuse’s claim that she was raped at the Machap Umboo detention centre in the state.

According to media reports, the 32-year-old woman told her younger sister that she had been raped by an immigration department officer after being detained following a raid on a massage centre on March 7.

However, The Star said today that doubts were surfacing as her 28-year-old sister only lodged a police report on March 21. This was despite the incident allegedly occurring on March 9.

According to the report, investigators are now looking into every possibility.

“A comprehensive probe must be carried out and the proper action must be taken if there has been any wrongdoing,” Idris was quoted as saying. Read more

Malaysia: 28,741 rape cases in last nine years!

Source: The Independent Singapore 

Pic from media.salon.com

Pic from media.salon.com

The recently released country report on Human Rights by the United States revealed that Malaysia saw a massive 28, 741 rape cases between 2005 and 2014.

These figures, the report said were according to women’s groups, indicates on average 10 women in the country were raped each day and more than half of these women were younger than 16 years.

This was covered under the Section 6, dealing with ‘Discrimination, Societal Abuses, and Trafficking in Persons and Women.

According to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Home Affairs, only 16 percent (4,514 cases) of the rape cases were taken to court and 2.7 percent (765 cases) with guilty verdicts. Read more

Amend legal definition of rape, says Fatimah

Source: The Star Online

Women, Welfare and Community Wellbeing Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah.

KUCHING: A state minister wants the legal definition of rape to be amended soonest, following the gazetting of the Child Act (Amendment) 2015.

Women, Welfare and Community Wellbeing Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said it would be “disappointing” if the amendments to the Child Act did not include a broader definition of rape.

She said her ministry had been pursuing this matter since the Court of Appeal’s acquittal of a 60-year-old man in the “finger rape” case last year.

“The perpetrator was let off because the definition of rape only covered penile penetration.

“I wrote a letter on behalf of the state government to the Attorney-General to review the definition of rape so that there will be justice for the victims.

“The reply we received then was that comprehensive amendments would be made to the Child Act.

“Now it has been gazetted but it does not include the definition of rape. Of course that would be very disappointing to us.

“We are still waiting for the definition to be amended. Maybe it will be done through an amendment to the Penal Code,” Fatimah said after presenting assistance to storm victims here yesterday.

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Nancy Shukri: A-G’s Chambers reviewing definition of rape

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The Attorney-General’s Chambers is reviewing Section 375 of the Penal Code to expand the definition of rape.

Referring a recent court case in Sibu, Sarawak, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri said Monday that discussions on the issue were underway with medical practitioners and related ministries.

The scope of Section 375 does not now include the insertion of organs other than genitals, she said.

The Sibu Court of Appeal recently acquitted Bunya Jalong, 60, of raping a minor in 2011 as there was no penile penetration.

The girl had claimed she was raped on four occasions but Bunya contended there was only penetration by fingers. Read more