‘VIC­TIMS DIDN’T KNOW IT WAS WRONG’

Source says one of them com­mented ‘su­dah ter­lan­jur’ when quizzed

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SHOCKED, baf­fled and hu­mil­i­ated. Th­ese three words sum up the feel­ings of the fam­ily of a 19year-old and her younger sis­ter, who were al­legedly raped by their grand­fa­ther, fa­ther and two un­cles over the past six years.

The vic­tims’ grand­mother, in her 50s, re­counted the day her hus­band and three sons were picked up by po­lice.

The mother of 10 said most of the fam­ily mem­bers were at home when a po­lice team, in four ve­hi­cles, came to their vil­lage lo­cated about 20km from here on Fri­day.

“I do not know how to de­scribe my feel­ings when the po­lice ar­rested my hus­band and sons.

“The feel­ings wors­ened when the po­lice told us that my hus­band and sons were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of rap­ing my grand­daugh­ters,” said the woman, who de­clined to com­ment on her grand­daugh­ters’ al­le­ga­tions.

“Let the po­lice in­ves­ti­gate. My hus­band is not well. He has an ul­cer in his stom­ach and, some­times, he will vomit blood.”

One of the woman’s daugh­ters, in her 20s, who is the ninth child in the fam­ily, said she found it hard to be­lieve the al­le­ga­tions.

“I had told the vic­tim to find work, but she re­fused to lis­ten. She ac­com­pa­nied my fa­ther to the farm,” she said.

She said the fam­ily no­ticed the vic­tim’s stom­ach had be­come big­ger, adding that the fam­ily, had to force the vic­tim to have her con­di­tion checked by doc­tors.

“It was my brother, who was ar­rested, who took her to the clinic here. I do not know what hap­pened, but I am hu­mil­i­ated by the news pub­lished on so­cial me­dia and tele­vi­sion.”

It was re­ported that the four sus­pects, aged be­tween 26 and 57, were ar­rested af­ter po­lice learnt about the con­di­tion of one of the vic­tims from Se­rian Hos­pi­tal near here.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the vic­tim, who is 25 weeks preg­nant, claimed she was raped since she was 13.

She also claimed her younger sis­ter, 14, was raped since she was 9.

A po­lice source said har­row­ing de­tails had been un­cov­ered.

The source said de­tails were still sketchy, but they pointed to dis­turb­ing de­tails.

“All of them live un­der one roof in a long­house, and it started six years ago for the 19-year-old vic­tim. It is like the girls did not know what hap­pened to them was wrong.”

He said one of the sus­pects com­mented su­dah ter­lan­jur, which loosely trans­lated to “the deed is done”.

“We will be call­ing the vic­tims’ grand­mother for ques­tion­ing. Hope­fully, she can shed more light on the case.”

The vic­tims have a 17-year-old brother, who lives in the same house, and is un­der the care of their grand­mother. Their mother died 10 years ago.

Yes­ter­day, the vic­tims’ fa­ther, grand­fa­ther and two un­cles, clad in pur­ple lock-up at­tire, were pro­duced be­fore mag­is­trate’s court se­nior reg­is­trar Dayang Roselind Awang Mah­dini, who granted a re­mand or­der.

The case is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 376B of the Pe­nal Code for incest, which car­ries a max­i­mum 30 years’ im­pris­on­ment and whip­ping upon con­vic­tion.

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