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Reported rape and incest cases nearly double in Malaysia over six years

Reported rape and incest cases nearly double in Malaysia over six years

The number of reported rape and incest cases in Malaysia has nearly doubled over the past six years, and thousands of wives are living in fear because of domestic violence, a government minister said.
"The statistics show a rising trend," Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil told a conference on ending violence against women, according to a text of her speech seen Friday.
The number of incest cases climbed from 213 in 2000 to 332 in 2006, while reported rape cases jumped from 1,217 in 2000 to 2,341 last year, Shahrizat said at the forum Thursday.
"What is depressing is that most of the victims were below 15 years" of age, Shahrizat said. "In the incest cases ... people such as the fathers, stepfathers, uncles and brothers are the victimizers, even though they should have been the ones to protect and cherish the victims."
There were 3,264 cases of domestic violence reported in 2006, Shahrizat added.
"Unfortunately, domestic violence is often regarded as a personal problem," she said. "Consequently, the victims suffer continuous abuse without receiving society's attention. The victims only lodge reports as a last resort because they are often threatened and live in fear."
She did not say if the jump in the figures was due to more women coming forward to report their trauma, or whether more such crimes are being committed.
Ministry officials have created a volunteer group to assist victims and to refer cases involving violence to the proper authorities, Shahrizat added.
In the latest such case, police arrested Wednesday the stepfather of a 16-year-old girl who gave birth to a stillborn baby at school on Tuesday, the New Straits Times newspaper reported. It said the stepfather was arrested on suspicion of raping the girl.


Updated : 2021-10-24 04:31 GMT+08:00