Malaysia govt intervenes in rape-marriage loophole case

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s government has called for a review of a case in which a rape suspect married his 14-year-old victim to avoid jail, following angry calls for reform by activists. Ahmad Syukri Yusuf, aged in his 20s, allegedly raped the girl, now 15, last year and faced up to 30 years in prison and a whipping. But a court in the Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo island ruled last week it would not proceed with the case after it emerged Yusuf had married his alleged victim. Malaysia’s Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim said the deputy public prosecutor will ask the High Court to review the case. She added authorities will in future prevent suspects accused of rape from marrying the alleged victim. “The ministry through the social welfare department will intervene to prevent such marriages,” she was quoted as saying by national news agency Bernama on Thursday.

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