Remember the case of Noor Afizal Azizan? He’s the national bowling rep who escaped a jail term for raping a 13-year-old girl? Remember how it caused a national outrage because he got away with what was morally and legally wrong?
Here’s more food for thought: just today, 22-year-old electrician Chuah Guan Jiu is also escaping the same jail term. He was found guilty of statutory rape by the court on 20th July 2012 for raping his then girlfriend twice last year. The offence occurred at his flat in Jalan Ru 1, Air Itam, Penang between 7am and 1pm on 18th July 2011. Following that, another “incident” occurred between 2:25pm and 2:45pm the very next day.
His then girlfriend was only 12 years old.
Nevermind that they were dating, she was still a minor and barely in high school. A child. It’s morally and legally wrong on all levels. And despite Deputy Public Prosecutor Lim Cheah Yit’s attempts to urge the court to impose a stern punishment, Chuah is still getting away with it.
By right, the offence under Section 376(1) of the Penal Code carries a jail sentence of up to 20 years’ jail and whipping. But instead, he is now bound over for three years on a RM25,000 good behavior bond after being convicted.
Sessions court judge Nisa Abdul Aziz said it was because Chuah was “still young” and “has a bright future ahead of him”. She also added that the fact that he didn’t have a criminal background worked in his favour.
We don’t know about you but, in all honesty, it doesn’t matter if it was a consensual act or not. The 12-year-old could’ve easily gotten pregnant. Also, this might just be the start of an all-new “it was consensual and not forced” sex issue that is bound to get out of control. Then who’s to blame? You tell us.