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A Malaysian woman publicly punished a man who allegedly raped her teenage daughter. The mother now faces charges if she is caught, according to local tabloid-newspaper, The Star.
The man lay on the ground with his backside exposed and hands tightly bound together. The woman struck him several times with what looks like a cane or tree branch. The injuries were so bad that he reportedly had to be transported to a hospital for treatment.
The incident, which was caught on tape, took place amid a group of people and was uploaded on the Internet.
The 28-year-old man, along with another 22-year-old, allegedly sexually assaulted the woman’s 13-year-old daughter several times at a house in Kampung Budi, Tawang, according to multiple news sources.
The 37-second clip went viral last week, subsequently drawing the attention of Malaysian law enforcement authorities.
Assistant Police Commissioner Lai Yong Heng told local media reporters that officers were looking into the video and would soon arrest the people involved in the caning of the alleged rapist.
“People should not take the law into their own hands, even if they believe they have a right to do so,” he said.
“We hope that the woman and the others seen in the video will surrender themselves before they are arrested.”
The distressing news came on the heels of another tragic incident in Malaysia in which a 15-year-old girl was raped by 38 men in an abandoned hut. The premises were later reported to be a local drug haunt.
Thirteen men were detained last Friday, while the police said they were looking for other suspects involved in the heinous crime, Reuters reported.
Child sexual abuse has been on the rise in Malaysia over the past few years, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The organization called on the government on Monday to adopt prevention and intervention methods to protect children.
Cases of child sexual abuse increased from 2,789 in 2009 to 3,428 in 2011, according to the grim statistics provided by the Department of Social Welfare to UNICEF.
"As we commemorate 25 years of the landmark international treaty known as the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and as Malaysia prepares to mark 20 years of its commitment to the CRC next year, we reiterate our conviction that no child in Malaysia should be subjected to the devastating physical and emotional scourge that abuse inflicts,” UNICEF Malaysia officials said in a statement.