MUM STANDS BE­HIND DAUGH­TER’S RAPE RE­PORT

Bi­o­log­i­cal mother seeks help to ob­tain cus­to­di­an­ship of her teenage child

New Straits Times - - News -

KELLY KOH

ME­LAKA kelly.koh@nst.com.my

ABROKEN-HEARTED woman wants her teenage daugh­ter back af­ter learn­ing that she was al­legedly re­peat­edly raped by her fos­ter fa­ther over four years.

The 40-year-old house­keeper broke down in tears af­ter meet­ing her 13-year-old bi­o­log­i­cal daugh­ter, who is warded at Me­laka Hospi­tal for ob­ser­va­tion.

“I asked her to tell the truth, and she said she was be­ing truth­ful. She said had been raped since she was nine with the re­cent rape tak­ing place on Sun­day.

“I asked her again and her re­ply was Demi Al­lah, saya tak tipu (I swear to God, I am not ly­ing),” said the mother.

The woman, who re­mar­ried a year ago, is liv­ing in Ku­lai, Jo­hor, and has a daugh­ter aged 17 and son aged 15 from her pre­vi­ous mar­riage.

The fam­ily drove from Ku­lai to Me­laka and met the woman’s youngest daugh­ter af­ter learn­ing of her or­deal.

The girl’s mother added that she did not be­lieve her daugh­ter had lied as she had only lodged a re­port against her fos­ter fa­ther af­ter her el­dest daugh­ter ad­vised her to do so.

“It was af­ter the Sun­day in­ci­dent; she called my el­dest daugh­ter cry­ing, say­ing that she was raped again on Sun­day.

“My el­dest daugh­ter told me about it and I then went to the Ku­lai po­lice sta­tion to lodge a re­port, but the po­lice there ad­vised me to tell my daugh­ter (the vic­tim) to lodge a re­port on her own in­stead,” she said, ex­plain­ing why her daugh­ter had to walk 5km from her home to the po­lice sta­tion.

It was re­ported on Mon­day, that a 13-year-old girl’s rape or­deal has come to light when she lodged a re­port af­ter be­ing sex­u­ally as­saulted by her fos­ter fa­ther again on Sun­day.

She claimed that she en­dured the con­stant sex­ual as­saults since she was 9, and walked some 5km from her home to the po­lice sta­tion to lodge a re­port against her 45-year-old fos­ter fa­ther.

The teenager said her fos­ter fa­ther raped her twice when she was sleep­ing at 4.45pm on Sun­day, when her fos­ter mother, a nurse, was away at­tend­ing a course in Jo­hor Baru.

The bi­o­log­i­cal mother sought help from Ayer Keroh DAP as­sem­bly­man Khoo Poay Tiong, to ob­tain cus­to­di­an­ship of her youngest daugh­ter.

“I may not be rich and only work­ing as a house­keeper, but I am ca­pa­ble of tak­ing care of my two chil­dren and I’m con­fi­dent that I can take care of my daugh­ter.

“My el­dest daugh­ter will be fur­ther­ing her stud­ies in agri­cul­ture and my son, who is in­ter­ested in en­gi­neer­ing, is also do­ing well un­der my care.

“I want my daugh­ter back. She was hug­ging me and beg­ging to come back with me and I know I can take care of her,” she said.

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