Seven boys, aged between 13 and 16, have been arrested for allegedly raping a female friend from school in Melaka
New Straits Times reported that the boys were remanded for seven days beginning yesterday, 23 July, for alleged incidents of rape between October 2018 and March this year.
Ayer Keroh Magistrate Court deputy registrar Mohd Anuar Ostadi issued the remand order at the Melaka Court Complex yesterday.
The crime came to light on 15 July after a school religious teacher contacted the victim's mother about the incidents
"The teacher contacted her mother, asking her to come to the school. She then told the mother that her daughter had been engaging in sexual acts with a few male students in the school," Melaka Criminal Investigation Department chief Asst Comm Mohd Nor Yhazid Idris was quoted as saying by Guang Ming Daily.
The victim's mother, who claimed that she had never spoken about the incidents, then took her to the police station to lodge a report.
A check up at the Melaka General Hospital confirmed that the victim had old tears on her private part.
According to Asst Comm Mohd Nor Yhazid, the victim gave in to the suspects' demands as they threatened to spread a sexual video involving her
"The victim was said to have done this with several male friends after being threatened with the spread of a sexual video recorded by an unknown individual," Mohd Nor Yhazid said, according to New Straits Times.
He added that the suspects are from several schools across Melaka.
"The victim also admitted that she had engaged in sexual acts several times with people she knew, as well as strangers," Mohd Nor Yhazid revealed.
A total of 15 individuals are suspected of being involved in the crime
While 14 of them have been identified by the police, the victim could not name another suspect but said she could identify him, reported Harian Metro.
Mohd Nor Yhazid said the police are working on tracing and obtaining information on the unidentified suspect.
The case is being investigated under Section 376 of the Penal Code and Section 14(a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017.
"If convicted, they can be jailed not more than 20 years and caned," the Asst Comm added.