KUALA LUMPUR: Almost 2,500 rape cases have been recorded in the first eight months of this year, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
He said 2,426 rape cases were reported to authorities between January and August this year, with Selangor recording the highest number of cases with 456.
Perlis recorded the lowest number of cases with 18 rapes, he said.
“Sexual crimes such as rapes, incest and sexual harassment are inhumane. The police views these cases seriously because a majority of the victims are children who are naive and weak,” he said in a written reply to Teresa Kok (DAP-Seputeh) on Thursday.
On the number of incest cases, Hishammuddin said 289 cases were recorded in the first eight months of the year.
Johor had the highest number of cases with 43, while Perlis had only one case, he said.
Over the same period, he said 1,441 sexual harassment cases were reported.
Johor again led the tally with 216 cases, while Perlis recorded the lowest with 20 cases.
“Between January and August, 119 cases or 5% of the rape cases had been charged in court.
“As for sexual harassment cases, 73 cases or 5% had been charged in court,” he said.