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2,040 Child Abuse Cases Reported In First Four Months Of 2021, Says Rina Harun

2,040 Child Abuse Cases Reported In First Four Months Of 2021, Says Rina Harun

30% were victims of physical and sexual abuse.

Hakim Hassan

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The Ministry of Women and Community Development has received 2,040 child abuse cases in the first four months of this year, according to its Minister, Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun.

It’s reported by The Star that 35% of the 2,040 cases involved neglect, while almost 30% were victims of physical and sexual abuse.

Rina said that 5,836 cases were reported in the whole of 2020. While in 2019, 6,382 cases were recorded and 2018 saw 6,274 cases.

She reminded parents and guardians to not abuse their children as a way of venting their anger even though they are facing various challenges at this time.

In the current situation, some have started to lose their jobs and as adults they can’t take it out on their children.

Minister of Women, Community Devleopment Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun via Utusan Malaysia

Rina said to Utusan that those who are currently facing difficulties can contact Talian Kasih at 15999 or join a support group.

Police probing on viral abuse case

Rina also talked about the 13-year-old girl with Down Syndrome who was allegedly abused recently, saying that appropriate action should be taken against those responsible.

I met the victim a while ago and she is still traumatised by the episode. It is my hope the police can wrap up their probe soonest and if there is proof of abuse, those responsible must be dealt with accordingly.

Ministry of Women and Community Development Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun via The Star

It’s reported that Kuala Lumpur police have opened an investigation paper over the abuse of the teenager following a report received on 24 June.

The victim had burn marks on her chest, hand, neck and thighs, as well as other injuries and, based on medical examinations, she also suffered an infected burn wound on her bilateral forearm and had multiple old scars all over her body.

The girl also tested positive for Covid-19.

Early investigations by the police showed that the victim stayed with six other children at a condominium unit in Wangsa Maju but they were not harmed.

They said that the caretaker, the 28-year-old woman is currently being investigated for the case.

The incident caught the attention of Malaysians and the Ministry after a Facebook user uploaded the pictures of the injured child on social media which went viral.


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