A 60 year old man from Sabah was sentenced to 42 years in prison, 11 strokes of rotan and RM40,000 fine for raping a 15 year old girl and getting her pregnant. However, he will only be walking away with a maximum of 2 years in prison.
That’s right! The 60 year old pervert’s conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeal on Friday because he said he used his finger tainted with his semen to penetrate her, instead of his penis. This does not fall in the definition of rape, according to the law which defines rape as penetration by penis into vagina under involuntary circumstances.
The victim in the Sibu case was even made pregnant and gave birth to a boy but the accused escaped the punishment under loopholes in the law.
Back in 2004, the Anti-Rape Task Force consisting of women’s and child rights NGOs submitted a memorandum calling for the insertion of objects into vagina in involuntary circumstances to be defined as rape under the Penal Code. But as usual, no changes were made.