Sex abuse against children up, over 5,000 cases now

Johor police arrested a man suspected of having abused his teenage daughter. — Reuters file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 — Child sexual abuse in Malaysia has been rising over the past five years, with 5,052 cases reported during that period, a minister said today.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim stated that most offenders in sexual abuse cases involved family members and guardians of the children.

"As many as 5,052 cases of sexual abuse have been reported and most of the offenders are parents, guardians and those close to the children, which includes paedophiles.

"Paedophilia is related to sexual abuse (of children). Statistic for the past five years has shown an increase of such cases, except in 2014 and 2015 which recorded a slight decrease," she told the Dewan Rakyat today.

Rohani also said that 824 children below 18 years have been reported missing in 2016 alone.

The minister stressed that all lawmakers should vote for the Sexual Offences Against Children Bill 2017 as it brings offenders to justice.

"Let us together give our support to the bill so that all of those who are involved will be served with punishments," Rohani urged.