KUALA LUMPUR: There is nothing wrong with a rape victim marrying the rapist, according to a Barisan Nasional lawmaker who even suggested that some nine-year-olds were “physically and spiritually” ready for marriage.
Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahaya, in trying to refute Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (Amanah-Kota Raja), said that some 12- and 15-year-old girls looked older than their actual ages.
The former Syariah court judge added that some girls who reached puberty when they were as young as nine years old were “physically and spiritually” ready for marriage.
“So it's not impossible for them to get married,” Shabudin said, adding that there was “nothing wrong” with a rape victim marrying the rapist as it could serve as a “remedy” to the increasing number of social problems.
Shabudin said this when debating the Sexual Offences Against Children Bill 2017 after several Opposition lawmakers suggested amending it to include child marriages as an offence.
He said that although rape is a criminal offence, the rapist and the victim should be “given a second chance to turn a new leaf in life".
“Perhaps through marriage they can lead a healthier, better life. And the person who was raped does not necessarily have a bleak future. She will have a husband, at least, and this could serve as a remedy to growing social problems,” he said.
Dr Siti Mariah, however, argued that allowing the rapist to marry the victim would not guarantee a better life.
“I don’t agree with marrying off the victim to the rapist. If the rapist repents, maybe that’s fine, but what if the husband is ‘haprak’ (useless)?” she said.
Teo Nie Ching (DAP-Kulai) cited two cases of the victims marrying the attackers, and argued that the marriages ended up becoming more problematic, causing more hurt.
She said that one of the cases involved a 35-year-old man in Negri Sembilan who married a 14-year-old with a disability after allegedly raping her. The man then reportedly raped his 11-year-old sister-in-law and forced his wife to film him committing the act.
Citing his experience as a judge, Shabudin, however, said that Teo should not generalise the issue as there have been many cases where such marriages did not end in divorce.
“The girl becomes safer when she is married rather than when she is left alone. Don’t assume they (rapists) remain bad people,” he said.
Teo's motion to amend the Sexual Offences Against Children Bill to include child marriages as an offence was ultimately defeated by a voice vote.
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1. Is it "OK" if the 9 year old is his daughter? Will he affectionately call the paedophile aka rapist who forced his "pxxxx" into his daughter as son-in-law without any conscience?
2. If the rapist force himself into his own mother, should he be married to his own mother? Refer to: http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/03/09/factory-worker-arrested-for-raping-own-mother/
3. If it is a "Gang rape", should all the rapists be married to the single rape victim?
4. If the child reaches puberty and becomes pregnant at the age of 11, is it OK? for her to go through with the pregnancy? Refer: http://mystiquearth.blogspot.my/2015/08/an-11-year-old-rape-victim-in-paraguay.html
5. If the rapist, rape someone's wife, or his own for that matter, should the rape victim's husband divorce her in order for the rape victim to marry his wife?
6. Should incest be regarded as lawful? Refer: http://mystiquearth.blogspot.my/2015/09/incest-man-justify-his-act-with.html
7. Has he given any thoughts to the child's future and education if she is to be married off at such an early stage?
8. If a boy/man proposes to a girl and it gets rejected, he only has to rape the girl in order to marry her. Wouldn't this bring a new set of social problems?
9. Is it "OK" for the rapist to marry his own sister after raping her? Another incest possibility...
10. If a rapist does not stop after raping one girl and continues raping many others, would it mean that he gets to marry all of them?
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