Government defining suffering

  • Nation
  • Monday, 05 May 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government is looking into aspects of emotional suffering in cases of women involved in physical and mental abuse. 

Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said there was now a problem of defining and quantifying emotional suffering for amendments to be made in the Domestic Violence Act 1994. 

“This matter has been raised by other NGOs but the problem we faced was how we quantify emotional suffering and what the definition of emotional torture is,” she said when launching the Ti-Ratana Welfare Society food funfair at SRK La Salle in Brickfields yesterday.  

She was commenting on Puteri Umno chief Azalina Othman Said’s call for the Act to be amended to recognise emotional abuse suffered by female professionals. 

Shahrizat said the National Unity and Community Development Ministry should get feedback from the group. 

“I hope that Azalina can write to (National Unity and Community Development Minister) Datuk Dr Siti Zaharah Sulaiman. I believe action will be taken accordingly,” she said. 

“There is always evolution and we always make sure the laws are relevant to the needs of the country. I think we can find a way to define emotional suffering.”  

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