DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN MALAYSIA – ARE PERPETRATORS USING NEW TACTICS BY PAINTING VICTIMS AS SUFFERING FROM SCHIZOPHRENIA ASKS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE?
There are conservative reports stating that there were a total of 2,287 cases of domestic violence in 2020.
And according to those monitoring the issue and others, who are stakeholders it is believed that the numbers are especially high during the implementation of the various movement control orders.
This was also confirmed by Malaysia’s Women, Family and Community Development Ministry.
During the same time we are advised that there were a total of 4,349 cases of child abuse, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse, as well as 1,263 cases of sexual abuse towards women.
Basically, domestic violence refers to patterns and actions of aggressive and abusive behavior committed by one spouse or partner against the other within an intimate relationship, for the purpose of gaining power and control.
The type of abuse can take many forms – beyond being physical abuse, it is also psychological, emotional, sexual or economic abuse.
And an overwhelming majority of the victims and survivors are women.
Studies have shown that instances of domestic violence increase when families are together for extended periods of time, for example, during festive or holiday seasons.
The current lock-down and stay-at-home orders trap domestic violence survivors in the same confines as their abuser, with little options for escape.
With the pandemic raging outside, survivors also tend to believe that they are nevertheless safer at home.
But the recent dark side that is evolving is that perpetrators have become more adventurous and daring.
There are recent cases where the perpetrators of the violence against women include the mother-in-laws and next of kin.
In other cases it is bizarre to unravel that there are attempts to paint the victim as suffering from schizophrenia?
This is done allegedly using private health facilities and in one case, just after one visit!
Instead of using present facilities within government hospitals and facilitating a process of comprehensive investigation before defaming one, just allegedly to get control of the children of the marriage and assets?
In one case the victim had made over 7 Police reports.
The victim had managed to secure both the EPO and later the IPO from the courts with government assistance.
Despite this, she was being threatened, trolled, and photographed by third parties acting on behalf of the perpetrator.
There was also an attack on the victim’s brother and damage to his vehicle as the perpetrator had confronted him seeking the whereabouts of the victim.
In this case alone questions are being raised why there was no arrest of the alleged perpetrators of the violence?
There is an active MCO and what was he doing in Selangor, away from his home state?
The Police may need to look into this in view of the assault Police Report!
After all there were over 7 Police reports in this case.
Medical reports of the injuries of the victim were also in the possession of the Police.
There are also allegations that now the legal process is been manipulated and abused during a time of the MCO with short service of court documents frustrating an opportunity for the victim to be professionally represented by solicitors.
In view of all these allegations, CASSA MALAYSIA appeals to the Malaysia’s Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, the Home Ministry and NGO’s representing Women to assist victims of such cases.
CASSA MALAYSIA will also seek the help and assistance of SUHAKAM, the Home Minister and the newly minted IGP in this matter.
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