Sunday, August 25

Fatimah lauds CID for vow to bring rapists to book


KUCHING: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday received praise from Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah for its vow to bring perpetrators of domestic violence and rape to justice.

Fatimah was commenting on the recent statement by state CID chief SAC Dev Kumar that Sarawak police scored a 100 per cent success rate in solving all the 149 rape cases in the state last year.

“They (CID) said that they are taking crime cases such as rape and violence towards women and children very seriously which is a very encouraging statement to us,” Fatimah told a press conference at her office.

She said the perpetrators deserve to be punished for causing physical and emotional damage to their victims.

Touching on the recent rape case involving a sales assistant here, Farimah said the victim was still warded (at press time) at the One Stop Crisis Centre at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).

“It is a very traumatic experience for the victim and currently only a few selected people are allowed to see or visit her at the centre. She is not ready to receive visitors and we have to respect that,” she added.

She clarified that the centre is only for victims of domestic violence and rape where they receive treatments and counselling in a more private setting as they are isolated from other patients in the hospital.