PETALING JAYA: Malaysians have slammed a Barisan Nasional lawmaker for suggesting that there is nothing wrong with rapists marrying their victims.
Tasik Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahaya, a former Syariah court judge, was roundly condemned by outraged members of the public who took their vent into cyberspace.
They also leapt to the defence of rape victims against marrying their attackers, saying that such a suggestion not only traumatises the victim but also further encourages the act of rape.
“Saying things like this promotes more rapist to rape others, and then get married easily. What an idiot, no religion permits rape, regardless of how old you are,” said Facebook user Adib Raimi.
“Sick thinking. Rape, which is a sexual violation, is detrimental to the victim in the long run,” wrote Harry Chew.
Another commenter, Meng Yean C, expressed anger that it was somehow acceptable for rapists to marry their victims but same-sex marriage was still a no-no.
Azmi Mamat commented: “How could a supposedly learned man even suggest such a thing! Marry off your daughter to her rapist? No way man! I want him put in prison for life or stoned to death!”
Many Malaysians were also angered by his statement that some girls who reached puberty as young as nine were “physically and spiritually” ready for marriage.
Facebook user Nancy Miranda commented that a child who reaches puberty doesn’t automatically become a matured woman.
“Nine years old? Stop encouraging foolish ideas like that. Educate kids to daily life necessities first, then when the right time comes, they can ‘implement’ the sex education knowledge in their lives,” wrote S. Sivambigai.