Outrage After Sharia Court Allows Rapist to Marry His 13-year-old Victim
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Outrage After Sharia Court Allows Rapist to Marry His 13-year-old Victim


Complications arising from overlapping state laws with religion are never-ending, particularly with Islam. Much of Borneo and the former British colonies on the island were Christian before what is now the state of Sabah and Sarawak (aka East Malaysia) entered a federation with Muslim Malaysia.

As Malaysia evolved so did internal migration and cross-culture absurdities inevitably came about. This reality was highlighted this week by a case involving a Muslim man who raped a 12-year-old girl and was able to obtain permission to marry her under Sharia law – avoiding prosecution in the process.

Thankfully, local prosecutors are pursuing a statutory rape charge against 40-year-old restaurant manager Riduan Masmud, who allegedly had sex with the girl in a parked car outside the Sabah state capital Kota Kinabalu in February. The girl is now 13 and his defense is that he married her.

State officials in Sabah want the marriage annulled. The girl is known to be from a very poor family and in one interview Riduan said the rape was a case of “suka sama suka” (“mutual consent”).

He was quoted in a report as saying that he would let her finish her studies and “maybe later take up a cosmetic course with my first wife,” who he added was a make-up artist.

The father of the girl apparently accepted the marriage saying, “What else could I do?” Her case only came to light following complaints from an aunt.

Riduan is currently free after posting bail of about U.S. $2,600.

Earlier this week a court told the prosecution it had until June 6 to decide whether or not to proceed with rape charges against Riduan after legal moves were made in April to have the case withdrawn following the marriage.

Welfare groups were outraged that Riduan was allowed to marry the girl, although the Sharia Court that allowed the nuptials has apparently said it could be annulled because Riduan did not tell the court that this was his second marriage when he applied for a certificate to marry the girl.

Gerakan Wanita’s deputy chief, Ng Siew Lai, said Riduan should not be allowed to walk free.

“I am really disgusted with the action of the rapist, whose name I cannot even bear to say out,” Ng said. “The girl is just a child who has a future, but due to the action of the rapist, it has gone up in smoke.”

She added that all children and in particular girls must be protected until they reach maturity.

“Simply marrying the victim will be seen as seeking the back-door attempt to escape punishment,” Ng continued. “We can never allow a rapist to go scot-free after raping a victim by marrying her. Gerakan Wanita firmly believes that prosecution should be mandatory in statutory rape cases and marriage can never be a solution.”

Nate C
August 26, 2013 at 02:19


 How is Mohammad the pedophile marrying aisha at 6 and thighing her until 9 and then having sex with her right wing propaganda? Have you not read the Qu'ran or any of the Haddiths regarding this subject? You might want to read it before you talk about it!

Anyone who worships a man that has mental disorders, owns slaves, has no respect for woman, is a pedo, loves to kill, etc, is no prophet! Jesus even warned that he was the last real prophet and that there would be fake ones after him! (not that i'm christian either, but still :P)

August 4, 2013 at 12:59

Did you miss out the fate of Dinah's rapist (Genesis 34)?

August 4, 2013 at 12:54

Actually it's atheism that may be a form of autism. See the paper "Religious Belief Systems of Persons with High Functioning Autism".


August 4, 2013 at 12:40

What about 'human laws'? British homosexual activist Peter Tatchell actively campaigns to lower the age of sexual consent. One of his reasons, meeting people who claimed to have sex when 9-13 years old with adults and didn't find it wrong.

July 25, 2013 at 13:48

the act of marrying the girl will not legalize the rape. the rape happened before the marriage-..-

July 20, 2013 at 22:32

I read through the passage to which you linked. It goes to great lengths to explain why the Old Testament does not condone rape and to describe the varying ways the word can be used. However, in the context of the passage from Leviticus, the word clearly means "rape" or something similar, and just as clearly views the act as a crime. Rather than condoning rape, it "punishes" the rapist by forcing him to pay compensation or marry the woman — in OT culture, this would protect the woman who had been attacked from being shunned or dying penniless. But it also is much the same loophole the rapist in this article is attempting to use.

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