Thursday October 11, 2012
Home’s where the beating is
By ANDY CHUA
SIBU: Physical abuse tops the list of complaints received by the Sibu Hospital’s Emergency and Trauma Department for the first nine months of the year.
Of the 150 cases, 117 were physical abuse cases while the others were rape cases (29), outrage of modesty (nine), and one case of sodomy.
This was revealed by department head Dr Zul Imran Malek Abdul Hamid to members of the Sibu One-stop Crisis Centre (OSCC) during a meeting at the Welfare Department here yesterday.
Dr Zul said out of these 150 cases, 126 victims were female compared to 24 male.
Also, these 150 cases involved 96 adults and 54 minors (aged 19 and below).
Top on the list of racial breakdown were Chinese (58), Iban (54), other races (16), Malay (15) and foreigners (seven).
He said most of these incidents took place at home (119) compared to other places (26) and school (two).
“The perpetrators are mainly family members known to the victims though there is an increase of report lodged against employers in the workplace.”
At the meeting, statistics from the Sibu police showed that there were six rape cases for the Jan-Sept period this year compared to 12 for the same period last year.
A total of 20 rape cases were reported in Sibu for the whole of last year.
Others cases for the first nine months were outrage of modesty (seven this year, three last year), domestic violence (23 this year, 41 last year), sodomy (one each this year and last year), missing person (62 this year, 48 last year) baby dumping (one this year), and human trafficking (three this year, four last year).
Members were also told that in Malaysia, there are laws like Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act 2007 and Penal Code (Act 574) to protect any abused victims.
“Our ultimate goal is to prevent the vicious cycle of abusive relationships from happening again if possible.
“That is why it is very important for all of us to make it our responsibility to be alert, be aware and be knowledgeable that any form of violence is a criminal act,” Dr Zul said.