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Violence against women campaign in the spotlight
by Kauceliya Chandrasekar

KUALA LUMPUR - Violence against women has been known as "the most pervasive yet least recognised human rights abuse in the world".

In conjunction with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Friday, the Women Parliamentary Caucus held a campaign "Say No to Violence Against Women and Children" at KL Sentral.

To highlight their campaign, the Caucus produced a victim to relate her violent experience at the hands of an uncle.

The 29-year-old was on a vacation with her family in Jakarta on Nov 12 when her uncle took out his anger towards her father on her by hitting and twisting her right hand.

The victim's mother said: "We immediately made a police report with the Jakarta police and the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta.

"The embassy also told us to make another police report as soon as we returned to KL," said the mother.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, who was present, said he would look into the issue.

"No man has got the right to lay his hands on a woman with the intention of hurting them," he said while distributing pamphlets on domestic violence and sexual harassment at the station.

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