Child abuse in Malaysia spikes to record high

16:36, May 20, 2011      

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Child abuse reports in Malaysia spiked to a record high last year, according to statistics, as police blame the crime on misunderstandings and financial difficulties.

The number of physical child abuse cases jumped about 26 percent from 203 in 2009 to 257 in 2010, the highest recorded over the last five years, Malaysian federal police revealed to local daily, the Malay Mail on Friday.

In 2006, the figure was only 141.

"In their zeal to teach the children a lesson, many parents go overboard and end up injuring the child" sexual crimes and child abuse investigations division deputy director, Hamidah Yunus told the Malay Mail.

She said majority of the abusers were guardians or babysitters and fathers.

The lack of information, such as the exact location of the crime made it increasingly difficult for police to track down the abusers and police reckon many more child abuse cases went unreported.

Child abuse offenders could be fined, jailed and whipped under the Malaysian law if convicted.

The latest incident occurred earlier this month when a 41-year- old mother was charged with splashing hot water on her lover's 13- year-old daughter, hitting her with a rubber hose and stick and inserting a mop handle and chillies into a private part.

The case was discovered by the staff of a child care center, where the girl was sent to by the accused.

The death of a 7-year-old boy allegedly assaulted by his teacher late March grabbed local media headlines.

The boy was said to be beaten to death by a 26-year-old warden of a school dormitory, who accused the boy of stealing.

The victim's hands were also said to be tied to the window when he was beaten.

Source: Xinhua
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