Tag: Statutory Rape

Statutory Rape Cases and Court’s Discretion

The move by the government to table in Parliament at the next sitting a Bill that will disallow judges from exercising their discretionary powers to reduce the sentence given to statutory rapists has received mixed reaction from the public. The government’s move is clearly in response to the public uproar over the cases in August…

Justice for Child Rape Victims

The Women’s Centre for Change, Penang is extremely disappointed with the judgment of the Penang High Court which overturned the conviction of a man for raping a 4 year old child in 2008. In particular, the way the child’s evidence was viewed by the Judge is of great concern. In his oral judgment, the Judge…

Consider the Needs and Perspectives of Our Young

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is concerned that “consensual sex” between a young adult and a child can result in a binding over sentence for the perpetrator. While the courts should indeed have discretionary powers in sentencing for statutory rape cases, appeals to the “bright future” of those who commit statutory rape…

More Consultation in Rape Laws

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) views with concern the government’s move to introduce a bill which no longer allows judges to impose a bond of good behaviour in statutory rape sentencing. This hurried move, without proper consultation, is not the way forward. The government’s intended action appears a hasty response to the…

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