Is marriage now going to be used as a method of escaping prosecution for statutory rape in civil courts, wonders Prema Devaraj.
Martin Jalleh highlights a Minister’s denial that Orang Asli children were slapped for not reciting an Islamic prayer even though other government deparments apologised for the disturbing incident.
If we are against corruption, then we should be against dishonesty in all its forms, big or small, says Frank.
Penang Forum is utterly disgusted at the lack of ethics of bloggers who have made serious accusations which implicate the child of a well known politician in Penang.
Sexual crime is often viewed as a women’s issue. But the reality is that it affects everyone, men, women and children, directly or indirectly. Prema Devaraj urges all of us to become advocates for child protection.
As the Asean Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) met in Jakarta last month, the Child Rights Coalition – Asia (CRC-Asia) put forward a raft of recommendations.
If children cannot be protected against an exploitative and unjust system, what is the rationale for standing in their way when they participate in actions to demand their rights, asks Rani Rasiah.
There would seem to be a difference between what the law states about children born out of wedlock and what is carried out administratively. Might it be a case of administrators punishing those who do not comply with society’s apparent moral code of conduct, wonders Ms Batik.
One of the big problems in the two north Borneo states is the exploitative development that has caused havoc especially in the interior of the region. Prema Devaraj looks at how this exploitation has extended to the sexual exploitation of marginalised indigenous girls and women. A more holistic and sustainable development model is needed to put an end to it.
A long-awaited report by a national action committee probing allegations of sexual abuse of Penan women and children is finally released – after much political and public pressure. The damning report concludes that the allegations are true and they were perpetrated by outsiders – including logging company workers and traders – who had dealings with the Penan community.