Rise of rape cases among young worrying


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 26 Oct 2019

PETALING JAYA: The revelation that one-third of all rape cases reported this year involved juvenile perpetrators is shocking in itself, but a couple of recent cases also seared themselves into the minds of the public.

There was the case in July, where a Year Six pupil had raped a four-year-old girl who was under the care of his mother in Batu Gajah.

The boy was said to have been influenced by videos he saw on a mobile phone.

Batu Gajah OCPD Asst Comm Ahmad Adnan Basri said they have submitted the investigation papers to the Deputy Public Prosecutor.

“We are now waiting for further instructions from the DPP’s office.

“The boy has also been referred to Bukit Aman’s Child Interview Centre and the interview has been done,” he said, adding that the boy is still in school.

Yesterday, The Star reported that about one-third of the rape cases that came to the attention of the police this year involved young offenders.

Asst Comm Choo Lily, the principal assistant director of the Bukit Aman Sexual, Women and Child Investigations Division (D11), said that these incidents were on the rise.

She spoke of cases in which children below the age of 12 attempting to imitate sex acts that they watched on videos.

In Penampang, Sabah, there were reports in August about an 11-year-old boy who was arrested for raping his 12-year-old cousin.

He is now at the Henry Gurney School for juvenile offenders.

Penampang police chief Deputy Supt Mohd Haris Ibrahim said the Year Five pupil was caught having sex with his cousin by the victim’s brother, who was walking past the bedroom.

He said following their investigations, it was found that the boy and his cousin had sex at least four times.

The boy had apparently been watching pornographic material via his smartphone.

“The boy was charged in court not long after that and was ordered to be placed in Henry Gurney until he turns 18,” he said.

The girl is undergoing counselling.

ACP Choo Lily said that under Sections 82 and 83 of the Penal Code, offences committed by those under 12 years old cannot be considered criminal offences.

“However, we still investigate such incidents under the Sexual Offences Against Children Act.

“We will call the child to record his statement but at the same time, we will send the child for counselling.

“We treat such child offenders more as patients than criminals,” she said in an interview recently.

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