300 sex crime cases against kids filed in court

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KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 382 sex crime cases against children were filed at the Court for Sexual Crimes Against Children since it was established in June last year.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said said of the total, 314 cases had been resolved, while 68 cases were still pending.

“These numbers show that the cases have been resolved in a short period of time, in less than a year,” she said in a reply to Hasan Malek (BN-Kuala Pilah) during question time at the Dewan Rakyat sitting here today.

The government, she added, has also reviewed several other methods, including the creation of Grade Jusa C posts for judges and a regulation barring deputy public prosecutors from being transferred for at least three years so that they could gain experience and skills in handling such cases.

Azalina said the introduction of a special handbook to handle sex crimes against children, on Dec 13 last year, was also crucial in ensuring a fair trial.

“This handbook is the only one introduced in our country’s court system. It will serve as a guideline for court proceedings and it adheres to the principles of justice,” she added.