We may not be the country with the highest number of rape cases in the world, but Malaysia has definitely seen its fair share of horrible sex crimes, especially in the past year
In late 2015, the Women's Centre for Change (WCC) of Penang, revealed that a woman is being raped in Malaysia, every 35 minutes. Most of the victims are girls below the age of 16.
If that's not disturbing enough, on 28 July, Women, Family, and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim, said that 13,272 children have reportedly been raped in Malaysia between 2010 and May 2017, with the highest number of rape cases being in Johor.
Note: South Africa is dubbed as the rape capital of the world. There are reportedly 132.4 rapes per 100,000 people per year in the country.
Here are some of the most disturbing rape cases in Malaysia that happened in the past year:
The cases are numbered according to the timeline of the incidents - from the most recent one to the oldest.
1. Young girl sodomised and raped for 600 times, in the span of two years by her father
The incident was revealed in a report by New Straits Times (NST) reported on 8 August. According to the report, the girl was sodomised for 599 times and raped once by her father.
The 37-year-old allegedly starting sexually abusing his daughter after his divorce with the mother about two years ago. The victim was put under her father's care, while her two sisters were under the mother's custody.
Anonymous sources told NST that the girl only spoke up about the incident after she recently found out that the father was planning to take his two other daughters, aged 9 and 11, respectively, to live with him.
The suspect was arrested on 26 July and he has been under remand since then. He will charged in the Special Court on Child Sexual Crimes in Putrajaya today, 9 August.
Selangor Criminal Investigation Department Senior Assistant Commissioner Fadzil Ahmat informed that the suspect will face 632 counts under the Penal Code, Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 (SOACA 2017), and Children's Act 2016.
"The suspect will be charged tomorrow (9 August) with 599 counts of committing carnal intercourse against the order of nature without consent, and one count under Section 376A of the Penal Code for rape.
"He will also face 30 counts under Section 14 of the SOACA 2017 (physical sexual assault without sexual intercourse), as well as a count each under Section 31(1)(a) and Section 31(1)(b) of the Children's Act," he explained, as reported by NST.
2. Teenager raped his three younger sisters
On 19 July, a distraught mother of 12, lodged a police report against her 18-year-old son, suspected of raping three of his younger sisters aged 8, 9, and 14, respectively.
She was only made aware of the incidents after her eight-year-old daughter told her about the most recent incident which occurred on 19 July. The young girl said that her brother had allegedly forced her into a toilet outside their house and later to an empty house, where he raped her.
Soon after, her two other daughters came forward and claimed that they, too, have been raped by their brother.
The teenager was arrested and remanded right after the report was made. On 3 August, he was charged with four counts of raping and molesting his sisters, as reported by New Straits Times. For the first charge, the 18-year-old was accused of raping his 8-year-old sister at house numer F12 in Kampung Baru, Pulai Tiga in Sungai Layar around 8pm on July 19.
In the second charge, the boy was accused of raping his 14-year-old sister at a house in Lorong Kuda Kepang at about 9pm on 21 April. Both offences were charged under Section 376B of the Penal Code which carries a jail sentence of no less than 10 years and up to 30 years and whipping, if convicted.
The boy was also charged with two separate counts of molesting his two sisters aged 14 and 10, respectively, in two separate incidents on 14 and 18 July. This falls under Section 377C of the Penal Code which carries a minimum jail term of five years and maximum 30 years or whipping, if found guilty.
3. Student sodomised by teacher for more than 50 times
It all began when the boy was just 12 years old, studying at a boarding school in Kapit. The perpetrator is a teacher based in the same school.
The first incident occurred after the teacher invited the boy to his quarters to stay overnight in August 2015. He ended up being sodomised in the same place for more than 20 times.
The 42-year-old teacher also allegedly sexually violated the boy in a budget hotel in Kapit. Things didn't change when the boy enrolled into a secondary school.
"The victim was so traumatised and afraid that he agreed to meet the teacher when the latter was in Mukah. He claimed he was sodomised for more than 30 times at a house in Kemunyang and a budget hotel here last year," an anonymous source told New Straits Times
"The teacher’s heinous behaviour continued when he engaged in sex with the victim until May this year," added the source.
The teacher was arrested on 14 June and charged at the Sessions Court in Mukah on 23 June for sodomy under Section 377C of the Penal Code.
4. 34-year-old woman raped by burglar in Klang
On 7 June, a housewife who was sleeping alone in her bedroom, was woken up by a burglar who ordered her to submit her valuables and then went on to rape her while her husband and four-year-old son were asleep in the living room.
Klang Utara district police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Yusoff Mamat, explained that the suspect was armed with a knife and told the victim to not make any noise or call for help, warning her that he would order his two accomplices, who were outside the room, to kill her family if she retaliated.
"The suspect then asked the victim to surrender her jewellery, to which she told him that she had pawned all of it. The woman then gave him her handbag and the robber only took RM50 and her Samsung Note 3 smartphone.
"Initial investigation revealed that the burglar, believed to be an Indonesian, had threatened the victim with his knife and ordered her to satisfy him sexually with her hand. He then decided to rape her instead," said Yusoff, as reported by New Straits Times on 8 June.
The suspect, a 27-year-old Indonesian illegal immigrant, was arrested on 14 June. It is believed that he is part of a gang of burglars who are allegedly responsible for other burglary cases in Klang.
5. GrabCar driver accused of raping intoxicated single mother in Selangor
The incident happened at about 4am on 11 June after the lady requested for a ride via ride-hailing service, GrabCar, from an entertainment centre in Petaling Jaya back to her home in Bandar Putra Permai, Seri Kembangan, Selangor.
According to news reports, the 29-year-old was attacked and raped by the suspect in his car. She was allegedly unable to fight off his violent advances as she was reportedly in a state of drunkenness when the incident happened.
The suspect drove the victim home after the incident. She lodged a police report on the same day and the suspect was arrested by the authorities at his house in Sungai Buloh.
Free Malaysia Today reported that the suspect is 30 years old and that initial investigations show that he usually picked up passengers late at night.
The case is being investigated under Section 376 of the Penal Code for rape which carries a maximum jail term of 20 years and whipping upon conviction.
6. 17-year-old girl raped by boyfriend and his five other friends in Pasir Mas, Kelantan
In the 11.45pm incident on 2 June, the victim was brought to a pondok (hut) by her 21-year-old boyfriend where she was raped by him and his five friends aged between 20 and 38 years old.
Prior to that, the girl had apparently asked for her mother's permission to eat at a stall near the Tok Uban area in Pasir Mas with her boyfriend. After eating, her boyfriend had taken her to an isolated hut in the same area, where his friends were already waiting.
The teenager had apparently screamed for help and tried to escape but to no avail. The group of men even threatened to light up a firecracker in her mouth if she continued making any noise as they took turns raping her.
The victim lodged a police report on the same day at the Tok Uban police station and by 5 June, the authorities arrested six men to assist in the investigations.
Five of the men, Muhammad Yusuf Danial Luqman, 21, Che Kamarul Aiman Che Rasid, 20, Mohamad Tasyrik Mahmud, 20, Muhammad Alif Asmawi Othman, 20, and Wan Hazaki Wan Hanapi, 38, were charged with gang raping the girl. The sixth man, Mohd Nuruddin Mohd Fauzi, 22, was slapped with two charges of rape and another of performing oral sex on the victim.
7. Indonesian woman gang-raped by two men at a gambling den in Puchong
On 13 May, a CCTV footage of a woman being gang-raped by two men in Bandara Kinrara went viral on social media. According to the time stamp on the footage, the incident had occurred at around 9.45pm on 11 May.
The two men were seen walking into the place casually and robbing the place. Before leaving, they took turns to rape the female cashier on duty.
Soon after the video went viral, the victim, a 33-year-old Indonesian woman, lodged a report on the incident at the Serdang police headquarters on 17 May. She had apparently been hiding at a friend's house as the perpetrators had stolen her passport and personal documents.
Both suspects were identified by the police and one was arrested at his home in Kuala Selangor.
The other suspect died when trying to escape from the authorities after falling off the 12th floor of the Seri Semarak PPR flats, as reported by Malay Mail Online.
8. 12-year-old girl raped and used as a sex slave by a man she met on WeChat
According to a report by Astro Awani, the 12-year-old Standard Six student met the 24-year-old man via messaging application WeChat.
He ended up using her as a sex slave and even gave her methamphetamine so that she will fulfill his sexual needs. The young girl's mother only found out after noticing changes to her daughter's behaviour and a medical examination revealed that the girl had tears on her private parts, indicating that she has been sexually active.
The victim's mother lodged a police report on the incident on 9 October and the man was arrested on 11 October 2016 at his house in Taman Setia Jaya, Alor Setar. The authorities revealed that the suspect has a past criminal record related to drug offences.
The case is being investigated under Section 376 of the Penal Code for rape.
9. Girl raped by two seniors in her school's storeroom in Melaka
On 27 September 2016, a 13-year-old girl was dragged into a storeroom in her school and raped by her two seniors, aged 14 and 15, respectively.
According to reports, the boys had allegedly taken off her uniform and raped her. A school staff that happened to walk past the place heard the girl's screams and rushed in to see what was going on. The boys quickly fled the scene after seeing the staff.
The girl made a police report on the incident the day after and the authorities remanded both the boys. The Star reported that while one of the boys admitted to committing the act, he had also told the authorities that it was consensual.
10. 16-year-old girl raped and kept as a sex slave by her own father for three weeks in Kuala Lumpur
The disturbing story came to light late last year. According to reports, the 16-year-old Sarawakian girl had apparently moved to Kuala Lumpur to further her studies but instead ended up being the victim of her father heinous sex crimes.
She arrived at her father's rented unit Lorong Haji Taib 1 in Chow Kit on 26 August 2016. Just eight hours after her arrival, she was sexually violated and her father had asked her to perform oral sex on him.
A source told Malay Mail Online (MMO), "The suspect hit her knees with a hammer, slapped, strangled and kicked her before placing a knife on her neck. We believe he did that so she would keep mum."
The ordeal lasted for about three weeks. The girl finally managed to lodge a report against her father after she got a job at a carpet shop nearby the area.
The girl was rescued soon after. The suspect was arrested and initially denied all allegations of abuse and rape, saying that he had only hugged her to sleep as his daughter was homesick.
On 31 December 2016, the man was sentenced to 80 years in jail and 110 strokes of the rotan, reported The Star.
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Speaking of rape cases, the Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim, was recently criticised for her comments on a girl who married her rapist in 2013: