Selangor domestic violence cases went up during MCO, says exco

90 cases of domestic violence were recorded during the MCO period, the Selangor state assembly was told. (File pic)

SHAH ALAM: The rate of domestic violence in Selangor went up in March and April during the implementation of the movement control order, the state assembly sitting was told today.

State executive councillor Siti Mariah Mahmud said 90 domestic violence cases were recorded during the period. “The Anggerik area recorded the highest number of cases, followed by Bukit Gasing (7) and Bukit Lanjan (4),” she told the state assembly.

“The number of calls received by the special assistance lines for domestic violence we set up in collaboration with the Women’s Aid Organisation also saw an increase, as the record shows 361 calls in March and 898 in April compared to January (266) and February (250),” she said.

Dr Siti Mariah (Amanah-Seri Serdang) was responding to a question from Elizabeth Wong (PKR-Bukit Lanjan) on domestic violence cases in the state.

Siti Mariah urged women in the state to know their rights and seek help if they were abused by their spouses.

“This is because domestic violence is a mental problem suffered by the husband, so everyone needs to be aware and play a role in fighting this disease,” she said.

The assembly sitting continues tomorrow.

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