Rape victims can lead 'good' life if they marry attackers: Malaysian lawmaker

Published: April 5, 2017
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Girls pictured getting ready for 'Ihi', their first marriage ceremony, in Kathmandu. A new report reveals that one in three girls in Nepal get married before they reach 18. PHOTO: REUTERS

Girls pictured getting ready for 'Ihi', their first marriage ceremony, in Kathmandu. A new report reveals that one in three girls in Nepal get married before they reach 18. PHOTO: REUTERS

MALAYSIA: A Malaysian lawmaker has caused outrage after he suggested rape victims should marry their attackers in order to lead a good life and help solve social problems.

Shabudin Yahya, the MP for the ruling coalition party United Malay National Organisation, said: “The thing is they have an opportunity – with a marriage they can lead a healthy and good life.” The MP’s statement came during a debate on Child Sexual Offences Bill in parliament.

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“For a woman that was raped, if she can marry [that person] she would not go through such a bleak future. At least she has someone who can become her husband. So this will be a remedy for social problems,” Shabudin said.

He further went on to defend rapists by saying it was not fair to assume that a person who committed a sexual offence will continue to be a bad person. “Maybe he repents, or regrets. It’s better to have people who regret rather than people who do not regret. So in this case, let us not put an assumption that the person will remain bad. [Marriage] can be an exit clause for this problem,” he said.

He even said girls aged between 9 and 12 can be married off as they hit puberty at that age and the physical state of their body is already akin to them being 18 years old.

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Abdul Rahman Dahlan, a minister in the Prime Minister’s department said the remarks from his fellow lawmaker disappointed and shocked him. “It is abhorrent in this 21st century to suggest that a rapist – who should in the first place be prosecuted – has the means to escape legal responsibility simply by marrying his victim,” he said. He said it is statutory rape for a man to have sex with or without the consent of a girl who is under 16 years.

This article originally appeared on IB Times.

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Apr 5, 2017 - 2:02PM

    personally I think if its a crime of frenzy and passion , the culprit can be forgiven and given a chance for fair life . Recommend

  • Annonymous
    Apr 5, 2017 - 2:04PM

    This is Non-sense law and empowers Rapist rathee if someone wants to marry a girl it gives him an access through law.Recommend

  • Ahmed Ali
    Apr 5, 2017 - 3:04PM

    Retarded mentality. Recommend

  • curious2
    Apr 5, 2017 - 4:43PM

    Unfortunately he’s not the only Neanderthal in powerful position. Recommend

  • Aadeela
    Apr 5, 2017 - 11:13PM

    Laws are to constrain people to do a certain act not to encourage them…no rapists should be given a chance to live a normal life.Recommend

  • numberrsnumbers
    Apr 6, 2017 - 1:17AM

    Another news item destined to reach the world media!
    The Malaysian ambassadors to many Western countries will be busy explaining this outrage for weeks to come!Recommend

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