Rape Cases Up 300%, Total Cases in 2008 Up 1%

3 April 2009
Kuala Lumpur

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung told the Dewan Negara yesterday that compared to 1,241 rape cases reported in 2007, it was much higher in 2008 at 4,959 cases reported, representing about 300 per cent increase.

It is also noted that in the first two months of this year, there were 769 rape cases.

Meanwhile, there were 4,586 rape suspects detained compared to 4,770 last year. Chor attributed the increase in rape numbers to suspects and victims being drunk and suspects abusing the trust from victims.

In terms of the national crime index, Chor said there were 211,645 cases in 2008, a 1 per cent increase from 209,559 cases in 2007. Among the cases reported, 3,643 involved foreigners in 2007 and 4,883 last year.

For the first two months of 2009, there have been 34,488 cases reported. 45 cases, or 0.13 per cent involved foreigners.

The narcotics department has nabbed 2,080 drug traffickers in 2007 and 2,572 in 2008. 488 drug traffickers had been detained in January and February 2009.

New Straits Times Online – Big jump in number of rape cases last year

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