THERE has been a sharp increase in the number of rape cases involving underaged girls in Johor within the first 70 days of this year, compared to the same period last year, Tamil Nesan reported.
The paper quoted Johor police chief Datuk Mohtar Ismail as saying that there were 64 cases this year, compared to 48 reported cases last year.
Some 239 rape cases were reported last year, with the majority of them involving underaged girls, the paper said, stressing that the police took a serious view of the increase in rape incidents.
Both Tamil Nesan and Malaysia Nanban gave prominence to the detention and harassment of the Indian IT professionals in Brickfields last Sunday.
Tamil Nesan featured photographs of the Indians having a meeting with DAP chairman Lim Kit Siang.
The newspapers continued to focus on the contests for the MIC divisional posts, now in progress.