KUALA LUMPUR: Umno’s Tasek Gelugor MP Shabudin Yahaya now claims the media took his speech out of context in reporting that he said there is nothing wrong for a girl to marry her rapist.
He said in a statement today that the media had wrongly portrayed him as someone who appeared to encourage sexual crimes.
He explained that during the debate on the tabling of the Child Sexual Crime Bill 2017 at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday, he had rejected suggestions by Teo Nie Ching (DAP-Kulai) to bar those below the age of 16 from getting married.
Saying he had touched on marriage between a rapist and the victim in his speech, he added: “What I wanted to stress on was that there is no provision that stops them (victims) from getting married.”
He said: “Media reports said that I supported marriage between the rapist and the victim. It was taken out of context.”
Shabudin, a former president of the Penang State Islamic Council, stressed that rape was a crime and it was up to the police and the courts to determine the punishment for perpetrators.
“In reality there are a lot of statutory rapes occurring. Many families do not report the cases due to shame which leads them to marry them (the victims) off,” he said.
According to the Islamic religious perspective, he said, the rapist could marry the victim either before or after he had been sentenced.
He said under Islamic law, girls under 16 had to seek the permission of their wali (guardian), and the Shariah Court, before tying the knot.
“This means that the Islamic enactments do not give full powers to the wali to marry off a girl below 16,” he said, adding that the same applied to boys below the age of 18.
He further clarified that the examples he had cited yesterday included girls who had reached puberty and not limited to those aged 9 or 12.
Shabudin was reported to have said yesterday that there was nothing wrong with a girl getting married to her rapist.
He reportedly said that it would be good for the girl to get married in such a manner as she would otherwise face a bleak future.
“The girl might feel safer rather than being just left like that,” he was reported to have said.
He had also said some 16-year-old girls had “wild lifestyles” and their families found it hard to control them.