Abuse of teenager: Mum, stepfather arrested

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KUALA TERENGGANU: Police have arrested the mother and stepfather of a 17-year-old teenager who was allegedly subjected to physical abuse at his home in a village in Marang.

Terengganu CID chief ACP Wan Abd Aziz Wan Hamzah said police were informed about the teenager after he sought treatment at the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital yesterday for bacterial infection on both legs and failure of kidney function.

He had related to the medical officer that he was often beaten by his stepfather, he said in a statement.

An examination revealed traces of old wounds on the body of the boy who claimed to have been forced to stop attending school four years ago.

“We are investigating how long the boy has been subjected to abuse.”

Wan Abd Aziz said the teenager, who lived with his mother, stepfather and three siblings, did not have an identity card because his guardians had not applied for one.

He said the boy claimed that he was often beaten by his mother and stepfather with a hot pan, sticks and a car jack, usually when he was late arriving at the food stall operated by his mother.

The boy had difficulty working because of his health condition, he added.

His 34-year-old mother and 46-year-old stepfather were arrested at 9.30am and noon respectively, in Marang, he said.

Meanwhile, the state government said it would extend medical aid and protection for the boy to lead a normal life.

State Health and Women, Family and Community Development Committee Chairman Roslee Daud, who visited the boy at the hospital, said the Social Welfare Department would take care of the boy until he was able to fend for himself.

“The state government will also look into securing an identification card for him and ensure that he gets a formal education,” he said.