Police in Melaka rescued a boy at a house in Taman Seruling Jaya in Masjid Tanah from the hands of his abusive stepfather on 2 October
According to Alor Gajah District Police chief Supt Arshad Abu, police were acting on a public tip-off.
The boy, aged nine, is believed to have been abused by his 34-year-old stepfather.
"A team of officers and policemen from the Masjid Tanah Police Station rushed to a house in Taman Seruling Jaya and managed to save the victim from further abuse," he said in a statement.
The stepfather used a rubber pipe to abuse the boy
"Initial investigations found that the victim and the suspect have been living with the man's family member for the past two years while the victim's biological mother lived in Cheras," Arshad said.
According to him, the boy's biological father could not be traced.
The Alor Gajah District Police chief Supt said that after inspecting the boy's body, police found scars on the back of the victim's body, believed to be the result of being beaten with a rubber pipe.
The victim has never been enrolled in a school
Neglected and abused, the nine-year-old often complained of being beaten by the stepfather.
Arshad said that the suspect is said to be "hot-tempered".
According to him, the victim was afraid to tell his birth mother or anyone else about the abuse.
The boy has been referred to the Social Welfare Department for further action.
Meanwhile, the suspect was detained at 6pm on Friday
"The suspect will be remanded to assist in investigations," Arshad said.
He will be investigated under Section 31 (1) (a) of the Child Act 2001 and Section 324 of the Penal Code.
According to Section 31 (1) (a) of the Child Act 2001, any person who has in his or her care a child that is being neglected, abandoned or exposed the child in a manner likely to cause him/her physical or emotional injury can be fined not exceeding RM20,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years or both.
Section 324 of the Penal Code, which covers voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means, carries 10 years imprisonment with fine or with whipping or any two of such punishments.
Asking for help is not a sign of weakness.
If you or anyone you know may be at risk of domestic violence, please call these Malaysian hotlines:
1. WOMEN'S AID ORGANISATION (WAO)
24-hour | Contact: +603-79563488 | SMS/WhatsApp: +6018-9888058 | Website | Facebook | Twitter
2. ALL WOMEN'S ACTION SOCIETY (AWAM)
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3. WOMEN'S CENTRE FOR CHANGE PENANG (WCC PENANG)
Weekdays (9am - 5pm) | Contact: +604-2280342 | +604-3988340 | WhatsApp: +6011-31084001 | +6016-4390698 | Email: [email protected] | Website | Facebook | Twitter
4. TALIAN KASIH
24-hour | Contact: 15999 | WhatsApp: +6019-2615999 | Email: [email protected].gov.my | Website | Facebook
5. TELENISA LEGAL AID CLINIC
Weekdays (8am - 10pm) | Contact: +6011-23701006 | WhatsApp: +6011-23701006 | Email: [email protected] | Facebook | Twitter
Last month, a 24-year-old woman in Pahang was sentenced to two years in prison after she was found guilty of child abuse: