KAJANG: A teenager took about two weeks to muster up enough courage to report an alleged abuse in the hands of her father for daring to leave the house.
Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Zaid Hassan said the teenager had allegedly been caned and then burned with a lit joss stick on July 4 before she lodged a report about it on Friday (July 17).
"It was not the first time the teenager had suffered such punishment. She said her father had caned her since she was in Form 1 for allegedly leaving the house to look for her mother," he said, adding that the girl's parents had separated in 2009.
In the latest incident, ACP Zaid said the teenager left the house on July 2. When her father found out about it, he allegedly punished her and caused her to suffer injuries in her leg and foot.
Her grandmother, who was living with them, then took her for treatment.
Despite the trauma, the teenager risked leaving the house again on July 17 to tell a friend who later helped her lodge a police report.
The father, a 39-year-old e-hailing driver, was later arrested and the case is being investigated for ill-treatment, neglect, abandonment and exposure of children under the Child Act 2001.