Suhakam wants definition of marital rape to be clarified

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Suhakam acting chairman Datuk Dr Khaw Lake Tee wants Putrajaya to clarify marital rape under the Penal Code. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 25, 2015.

The Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) has urged Putrajaya to amend the the exception to marital rape from the definition of rape stated in the Penal Code.

“This is to reflect the reality of sexual abuse suffered by women, either they are married or not,” acting Suhakam chairman Datuk Dr Khaw Lake Tee said.

She said rape committed by a spouse was as disgusting as rape committed by an unknown person.

The Asean Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women also urged its members to take initiatives to eliminate all forms of discriminations against women and to improve existing laws relating to the issue, she said.

“Suhakam is in the opinion that despite having too many developments and initiatives in tackling gender-based violence issues, the cases of violence against women still persist in Malaysia,” she said in a statement today in conjunction with the International Day for the elimination of Violence Against Women. – Bernama, November 25, 2015.


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