#AceNewsServices – KOTA KINABALU – May 31 -The Sabah Women’s Action Resource Group (Sawo) is relieved and thankful that Riduan Masmud, the 40-year-old restaurant manager, who attempted to escape punishment under the law by marrying his child victim, has been convicted by the court.
President Winnie Yee, in a statement said the case has created widespread shock and outrage particularly among local and international groups and institutions, many of whom have expressed their concern for the well-being of the child and the many negative impacts of child marriage.
Riduan was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment and ordered given two lashes of the cane by Sessions Court Judge Ummu Kalthom Abudl Samad in February 2014.
Malaysia – Prosecutors had pursued rape charges against a 40-year-old Malaysian who allegedly had sex with a 13-year-old girl and then married her.
Restaurant manager Riduan Masmud was charged with committing statutory rape in a parked car in Borneo, but his lawyer said he has since married the girl.
Rights activists have long criticized Malaysian laws that allow very young Muslims to be wedded with the permission of Islamic courts.
Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail said that authorities remain firmly against statutory rape and were compiling a DNA report and other evidence in Riduan’s case.
Riduan is already married to another woman and reportedly has four children. Malaysian Muslim men can have up to four wives.
There’s been outrage in Sabah against a 40-year-old man, Riduan Masmud. who’s defended his marriage to a 13-year-old girl he’s been accused of raping as consensual.
The Sabah Law Association’s Mariati Robert had been holding a watching brief during the case and believes marriage should not let Riduan off the hook, especially if it happened after he allegedly raped her.
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