12 September 2017
Castrating rapists a ‘barbaric act’, say human rights groups
They say the Sarawak state government should reject the proposal, as it is against human rights.
PETALING JAYA: Human rights groups are opposed to a proposal that rapists be castrated as a form of punishment, urging authorities not to resort to such “violent” measures.
Citizen Action Group on Enforced Disappearance (CAGED) spokesperson Thomas Fann said criminal justice is a federal matter and not for any one state to discuss or decide on.
Adding that “punishment alone won’t stop such crimes”, he said it was more important to understand why sexual crimes are committed and what mechanisms can be used to ensure that victims can safely report their situations.
Amnesty International Malaysia (AIM) executive director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said even though sexual crimes are heinous, imposing castration by law either physically or chemically without informed consent as a punitive measure would be cruel, inhuman and degrading.
“We urge the Sarawak state government to reject this proposal as it is a violation of human rights.
Tenaganita director Aegile Fernandez meanwhile said the castration of rapists was wrong and questioned the need for such “a barbaric act” on a human being.
Sarawak will profile rapists, victims of incest before pushing castration proposal
Fatimah Abdullah (left) is pictured with Sarawak Criminal Investigation Department (CID) head Datuk Dev Kumar, after the women and family council meeting on September 11, 2017. — Picture by Sulok Tawie
She said the council, under her ministry, is expected to complete profiling of the perpetrators and victims by November this year.
Fatimah said the police, medical department, welfare department and women and family council are among agencies helping SDC to do the profiling.
“After we have completed the profiling, we will discuss the castrate proposal in-depth in our lab later,” she told reporters after chairing the Women and Family Council meeting here.
The meeting was attended by the representatives of the police, medical department, welfare department, social development council and women non-governmental organisations.
She said the meeting agreed that the castration proposal need to be discussed at the lab which will also be attended by the representatives from the police, women non-governmental organisations, welfare department, medical department, village security and development committees, parents-teachers’ association and school counsellors.
On the profiling of perpetrators and victims of incest, Fatimah said her ministry wants to know why such cases occurred.
“Did they happen because of the environment? Or because the family members did not have proper bedroom or were they sharing a common bedroom or because of broken homes?