Teresa slams cops’ ‘cattle’ branding of women detainees

By Boo Su-Lyn
June 03, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 — Seputeh MP Teresa Kok lambasted the police today for reportedly marking the body parts of women held in a Penang vice raid last night.

Photographs published by Chinese daily China Press yesterday revealed X and tick marks on women’s foreheads and chests.

“In doing so, the police branded the detained women as though they were cattle,” said Kok in a statement today.

“How depraved, dehumanising and derogatory to women,” she added. Kok, who is also a senior Selangor state executive councillor, called such “dehumanising” tactics “sickening”.

She urged Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar to explain his officers’ actions and to reveal the police standard operating procedure for vice raids.

“In addition, the IGP should send all the police officers involved in the raid concerned for human rights and gender sensitivity training to ensure that this dark blotch on the PDRM (Polis DiRaja Malaysia) record is not repeated,” said Kok.

The police was embroiled in a scandal in 2005 where a Malaysian woman was forced to perform nude squats in police custody.



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