Suhakam wants definition of marital rape to be clarified

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 — The Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) has called on the government to amend the exception to marital rape from the definition of rape stated in the Penal Code.

“This is to reflect the reality of sexual abuse suffered by women, either they are married or not,” acting Suhakam chairman Datuk Dr Khaw Lake Tee said.

She said rape committed by a spouse was not less disgusting than rape committed by an unknown person.

The Asean Declarations on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Elimination of Violence Against Children also called on its member countries to take initiatives to eliminate all forms of discriminations against women and to improve existing laws relating to the issue, she said.

“Suhakam is in the opinion that despite having too many developments and initiatives in tackling gender-based violence issues, the cases of violence against women still persist in Malaysia,” she said in a statement today in conjunction with the International Day for the elimination of Violence Against Women. — Bernama

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