Batu Kawan MP Sdri Kasthuri Patto has joined the chorus of criticism against a PKR senator’s call for a sexual harassment law to protect men from being “seduced” into committing crimes such as rape, saying there is no such law in the world.
The human rights activist and international secretary for Wanita DAP questioned why the “disturbing” trend of blaming innocent persons for incest and molest carries on until today.
“I’m appalled by this statement,” she said, referring to Senator Mohd Imran Abd Hamid’s remarks in the Dewan Negara today that men can be influenced to commit acts like rape, molest and incest.
Imran proposed such a law when debating the Syarie Legal Profession (Federal Territories) Bill 2019.
“This is important, we men need to be protected. The actions and clothing of women can seduce us into breaking the law and cause us to be charged with a crime.”
Speaking to FMT, Kasthuri said this made no sense as there are laws in the country that criminalise rape.
“I can’t wrap my brain around this argument. It’s 2019 and the trend of victim-blaming is still continuing.
“These are the types of men who claim ownership over women, who have no regard for respect of women and who are driven by their misogynistic and patriarchal beliefs that women are mere pieces of property and they can take what they want.”
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