Malaysian MP says rape victims can marry their rapists to avoid “bleak future”

  • A Malaysian member of parliament thinks rape victims might improve their odds at living happy lives — might “turn a new leaf” — if they marry their rapists, the Guardian reported Wednesday.
  • “Perhaps through marriage they can lead a healthier, better life,” Datuk Shabudin Yahaya speculated, according to the Guardian. “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.“Yahaya had been talking about statutory rape during a debate on Malaysia’s Sexual Offenses Against Children bill, which passed Malaysia’s House of Representatives on Tuesday. 
  • The bill aims to protect people under the age of 18 from sexual abuse, and allows underage victims to testify to their own mistreatment. It’s one step toward reforming Malaysia’s much-maligned laws that have allowed sex crimes against children to go largely unpunished. Read more. (4/5/2017 10:30 AM)