Rape culture alive and kicking in Malaysia, says women’s rights group

Source: The Malaysian Insight

Rape is a real threat to women and girls – it's not a joke, says women’s rights groups the world over. – EPA pic.

Rape is a real threat to women and girls – it’s not a joke, says women’s rights groups the world over. – EPA pic.

THE recent incident of a rape “joke” by local college freshmen that went viral on social media further underlined the fact that rape culture was very much prevalent in Malaysian society, a women’s rights group said today.

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) executive director Sumitra Visvanathan said rape culture in society became evident when threats of sexual harm were dismissed as merely “jokes”.

“Rape culture is the way society and social institutions normalise and permit rape.

“This includes blaming the victim and excusing the perpetrator. Every statement that threatens sexual harm to a woman must be taken seriously. Rape culture enables men to make rape threats – and minimises them as ‘harmless jokes’, Sumitra told The Malaysian Insight through WhatsApp. Read more

Domestic Violence Act to also protect male victims, says Minister

Source: The Star Online

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim, pic from the Star Online.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim, pic from the Star Online.

KUALA LUMPUR: Amendments to the Domestic Violence Act 1994 (DVA) to be tabled before the current Parliament meeting ends next month will not be confined to protecting female victims, but will also include protection for male victims.

The Act is current being amended to give it more bite, said Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim.

However, there are activists who are concerned that the proposed amendments may only focus on female victims, she added.

“I can assure you the law will include protection for all genders and not only be confined to women,” she told reporters after launching the 1st Asia Pacific Ministerial Forum on the Management of Social Transformation at a hotel here on Wednesday.

”The amended law may be tabled in Parliament next week together with the Child Sexual Crime Act, and I will hold a press conference on the details then,” Rohani said. 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

Nur Jazlan mahu senarai pesalah seks disegerakan

Sumber: FMT News

JOHOR BAHRU: Malaysia perlu segera mewujudkan senarai pesalah laku seksual serta akta berkaitan bagi mencegah dan melindungi masyarakat daripada serangan jenayah berkenaan.

Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed berkata ia membolehkan masyarakat menyemak senarai tersebut serta berjaga-jaga sekiranya pesalah laku seksual tinggal di kawasan perumahan mereka.

Beliau berkata senarai itu akan diletakkan di bawah tanggungjawab polis kerana keupayaan agensi itu untuk mengawasi dan melakukan siasatan berhubung jenayah tersebut.

“Senarai pesalah laku seksual ini telah diamalkan di negara-negara barat, jadi penyerang seksual akan didaftarkan dan akan disebarkan kepada umum,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas majlis menyalakan lampu sempena sambutan Tahun Baharu Cina di Jalan Tan Hiok Nee di sini, malam tadi. Read more