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Gender-Based Violence And Domestic Violence On The Rise in Malaysia: A Growing Concern

Gender-Based Violence And Domestic Violence On The Rise in Malaysia: A Growing Concern

In recent years, domestic violence cases in the country have surged, which according to statistics, were compounded by the restrictions and challenges brought about by the pandemic.

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Earlier this morning, police apprehended four individuals in connection with the suspected murder of a woman at a shophouse in Taman Song Choon. 

As reported by Bernama, Ipoh district police chief ACP Yahaya Hassan said in a statement that the murder suspect, a 23-year-old man who is believed to be the victim’s boyfriend, confessed to assaulting the 24-year-old woman following an argument on the top floor of the shophouse.

Acting on a tip-off received at 4.34 am, the police arrested the four individuals, including the boyfriend’s mother, at the scene where both the victim and suspect were residing. 

Medical personnel confirmed the victim’s death after finding her unconscious on a mattress at the location. 

In the course of the investigation, the police seized a broomstick, suspected to have been used by the boyfriend, who tested positive for methamphetamine, to assault the victim. 

Additionally, four mobile phones were confiscated.

Gender Based Violence and Domestic Abuse in Malaysia

In recent years, domestic violence cases in the country have surged, which according to statistics, were compounded by the restrictions and challenges brought about by the pandemic. 

Disturbing statistics reveal a significant increase in gender-based violence, shedding light on a grave issue that demands urgent attention. 

From domestic violence to sexual harassment and human trafficking, the impact on individuals and society at large is deeply concerning.

Escalation of Domestic Violence

Malaysia has witnessed a sharp rise in domestic violence cases starting from the first Movement Control Order back in 2020.

Over the past two years, more than 9,000 cases have been reported, reflecting the distressing reality faced by numerous individuals within their own homes. 

These statistics were pointed out by former Women, Family, and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun as reported by the New Strait Times.

Speaking to NST, research fellow at Ungku Aziz Centre for Development Studies (UAC), Universiti Malaya Dr Rulia Akhtar said between 2000 and 2018, a staggering total of 153,507 cases were documented, involving family abuse, assault, mistreatment of domestic help, maltreatment of children, disrespect for decency, and sex crimes. 

Alarming Increase in Reported Cases

The Women, Family, and Community Development Ministry reported a 42% surge in domestic violence cases in 2021, with a total of 7,468 cases, compared to 5,260 cases in the previous year. 

This substantial rise underscores the urgent need for comprehensive strategies and support systems to address the underlying causes and provide protection for victims. 

It is clear that domestic violence remains a persistent problem that must be confronted head-on.

Verbal Sexual Harassment and Workplace Discrimination

Gender-based violence also extends beyond the confines of homes. 

Back in 2021, a survey conducted by the Centre for Governance and Political Studies and the All-Action Women’s Society revealed that 57% of Malaysian women claim to regularly experience verbal sexual harassment while walking down the road. 

This distressing reality highlights the prevalence of harassment that women face in public spaces, emphasizing the need for societal awareness and change.

The workplace is not exempt from these issues either.

In 2020, a poll conducted by the Women’s Aid Organisation revealed that 62% of the surveyed women encountered work-related sexual harassment, while 56% reported experiencing employment discrimination. 

These figures expose the persistent challenges that women face in professional environments, undermining their safety, well-being, and career prospects.

Human Trafficking: A Violation of Human Rights

Tragically, Malaysia is also not immune to the global problem of human trafficking. 

The Borgen Project report indicates that approximately 212,000 individuals in Malaysia are currently victims of human trafficking. 

The escalating numbers of domestic violence cases, along with the prevalence of gender-based violence in Malaysia, are deeply concerning. 

In April this year, Selangor topped the chart for the highest number of domestic violence cases, according to data provided by the police.

READ MORE: Selangor Tops Charts For Highest Number Of Domestic Violence Cases

It is crucial for society as a whole to recognize the gravity of these problems and work towards a future where safety, equality, and respect are fundamental principles for all.

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse at home, these are some numbers you may reach out to.

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