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Man dubbed ‘Canada’s worst serial rapist’ embraces Christianity

 | June 9, 2017

Earlier reports said Selva Kumar Subbiah had converted to Judaism while in prison, but a source says he did not practice any religion prior to last month.

selva-kumar-new11 (1)PETALING JAYA: Selva Kumar Subbiah, once dubbed “Canada’s worst serial rapist”, has converted to Christianity in trying to turn over a new leaf.

According to a source close to Selva Kumar’s family, the 57-year-old converted to Christianity about a month ago. According to the source, this showed that Selva Kumar had repented.

“Selva Kumar became a Christian around one month ago, and now he is learning about the religion,” the source said to FMT. Selva Kumar had spent 24 years behind bars in Canada before being released and deported to Malaysia.

Although Selva Kumar’s name suggests he was born a Hindu, several international reports claimed he had embraced Judaism while in prison.

Canadian media also reported that he had previously argued he would be a victim of discrimination in Malaysia because he was Jewish.

But, according to the source who spoke to FMT, prior to this, Selva Kumar was a man with no religion.

“(And) he will not change his name for now,” said the source.

Yesterday FMT reported that Selva Kumar, after four months of being back in Malaysia, was finally feeling comfortable leaving the safety of his home, and was now slowly integrating back into society.

“Selva spends a lot of time with his family in the Klang Valley. He is no longer living in fear,” the source had said.

In 1992, a Canadian court sentenced him to 24 years in jail on 19 counts of sexual assault, 28 counts of using prohibited substances such as drugs, 10 counts of assault and other offences.

Canadian media, quoting several police officers who had investigated him, said they believed Selva Kumar had victimised more than 1,000 women in Canada, an accusation which his family had said was absurd.

Many, however, questioned if he had really repented. The Canadian prison authorities believed he had not, saying there was a possibility of him continuing his earlier ways.


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