Between July 2017 and February this year, 841 cases were registered in the Special Criminal Court on Sexual Crimes Against Children after the Sexual Crimes Against Children Act was gazetted 2 years ago. This is believed to the first of its kind in Southeast Asia and was launched to prosecute child sexual predators and paedophiles, and to ensure that all cases would be dealt within 12 months. So far, 173 child sexual abusers have been put behind bars by the special court.
A total of 173 child sexual abusers have been put behind bars by the special court handling sexual crimes against children since it was set up nearly two years ago. To date, the youngest victim was a seven-month-old baby while the oldest was 17.Source: The Star
The offences that were gazetted in the act varies from child pornography to child grooming and sexual assault and also addresses the issue if the person involved was a person in a relationship of trust. The act also covers person(s) who know of the crime but fails to give out information to authorities. The special court was launched by the previous Prime Minister in Putrajaya on June 22, 2017, to specifically execute justice against paedophiles and child sexual predators, after a bill was presented in parliament in March 2017 which took less than 6 months to be drafted. An additional court was set up in Kuching April last year and there are plans to have 12 branches of the special court for each state in the country.
The Sexual Crime Court Against Children has been launched by the former Prime Minister, YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak on 22nd June at the Palace of Justice, Putrajaya. The establishment of this court is idealize by the former prime mininster himself during his announcement in the Seminar of Sexual Crime Against Children at PWTC on 13th March 2017.Source: Office of the Chief Registrar, Federal Court of Malaysia
Based on a report by The Star, there will be a further improvement on the proceedings, training of judges handling the cases and also improvements in court environment to be less intimidating towards children for a smoother execution of justice while maintaining sensitivities involving child victims.
“The office of the Chief Registrar of Federal Court Malaysia also strives to provide a conducive and witness-friendly environment to the child victims and witnesses who have to attend court to testify.This will enable the child to be more comfortable coming to court to give statements without being intimidated by the court setting. This Office also looks forward to better equipping judges in terms of skills and knowledge to ensure justice is delivered accordingly,”Source: The Star
Finally, some good news. It is the worst kind of crime and Malaysia is doing something about it.
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