KOTA KINABALU: Sabah recorded 12,473 rape cases involving mostly teenagers between 2011 and June 2015.
Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Jainab Ahmad said based on police statistics, 11,667 of the victims were teenagers aged 13 to 18 while the rest were children.
“This indicates that teenagers accounted for 93.5 percent of the total number of rape cases. Police reports also show that there were 435 cases of abandoned babies in Sabah from 2011 to June 2015.
“Therefore, all parties should work together to find a solution to the problem and also prevent young people from being involved in social problems,” she said when launching the “Sebening Kasih, Sejuta Harapan; Melestari Keluarga Bahagia” programme organized by the Education Committee of the Sabah Women Advisory Council (MPWS) at the Industrial Training Institute in Sepanggar near here yesterday.
Also present was the programme’s organizing chairperson, Maimunah Suhaibul who is also chairperson of the MPWS Education Committee.
Jainab said apart from rape cases, teenagers were also plagued by the problem of pregnancy out of wedlock. According to the Ministry of Health, Sabah recorded the highest number of teenage pregnancies, with 4,795 cases. “Of the total, eight per cent or 372 cases involved unwed mothers,” she said.
As such, Jainab said such programme should be continued to create awareness among teenagers and to prevent them from being involved in immoral activities.
As teenagers are important assets for the country, she said they needed to be given proper guidance and education so as to become responsible citizens.
by MARRYAN RAZAN.