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Friday, March 27, 2009

Rights of Women from 6.00pm - 6.00am.

This posting is to complement and/or in addition to Linundus Kinabalu article on ‘What to do if stopped by Police”. Linundus contributer has emailed this article to me for obvious reason – to post this article in this blog to inform members of the public, particularly to the women with regard to their rights from 6.00pm – 6.00am. This is an incident about a girl who was raped by a bogus(?) plain clothes officer. The lesson we learn from this incident may well be an eye opener for those who do not know the law and women’s rights. It is therefore good for us to know the women’s rights in certain situation such as in the following scenario. The conversation goes on like this based on the Email Linundus received from DJJG: “I was talking with a lawyer friend of mine. We were discussing the law and women`s rights. She told me about this incident.” “A young girl was raped by a man posing as a plain clothes officer; he asked her to come to the police station when she and her male friend didn't have a driver`s license to show.” “He sent the boy off to get his license and asked the girl to accompany him to the police station. He took her instead to an isolated area where the horrendous crime was committed.” Then the lawyer friend proceeded to explain the following on the point of law: “In fact, the law clearly states that between 6 pm and 6am, a woman has the right to REFUSE to go to the Police Station, even if an arrest warrant has been issued against her.” “It is a procedural issue that a woman can be arrested between 6pm and 6 am, ONLY if she is arrested by a woman officer and taken to an ALL WOMEN police station.” “And if she is arrested by a male officer, it has to be proven that a woman officer was on duty at the time of arrest." ”Comments by the writer: “It is good for us to know our rights. To what extent it comes of use remains to be seen in any situation. But as they say, “Knowledge is Power”. Just thought I`d share this with you. I did not know this and am sure a lot of us will not know this - please be informed … and pass on this info to whomever you all know.”

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