Friday, February 3, 2012
The police and a school boy...
I did not go to KL Police HQ (IPK KL) this morning to act as a 'lawyer' for a 16-year old schoolboy accused of raping a girl of his age last year. The officer in charge of the case told the boy's mom that the case is postponed to 'sometimes in March'.
Without a man in the house, the duo are trapped in a dilemma over the case. People around them are not even helping. The headmaster and other teachers too are not offering any words of comfort to them.
I don't care if the boy is guilty or not but until full investigation is conducted and a verdict is reached, he remains innocent. Furthermore, there was already signs for the case to be settled outside the court.
What flabbergasted me is the manner the case runs.
A few months ago, the father of the victim (from Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras) lodged a police report at Kepong Police Station over her daughter's remark that the accused (from Cheras Baru) raped her.
A week later, a few officers from IPK KL went to pick up the boy from his classroom when an examination was in progress.
Hey! I am not against the police. I am always in support of the police when others badmouth the whole organisation for corruption, bias, racist, etc. In fact, I've never written anything adverse about the police force.
However, a big force such PDRM is not free from some misconduct and wrongdoing committed by some of its personnel. And who says the MACC is free of corruption.
The issue I'm putting to question now is the 'mishandling' of the boy's case. As one of the persons involved in preparing the 'Laporan Suruhanjaya Diraja Mengenai Penambaikan Perkhidmatan Polis' in 2004, among key elements mentioned in the report was 'penggunaan budibicara dalam menangani kes juvana' (applying good jurisdiction on juvenile case).
But there was no good jurisdiction when the police took away the boy from his classroom before his own teachers and colleagues. It was embarassing. If the boy is produced in court, there will be no point to put him on trial behind close door as too many people already know who the accused is.
And what if he is acquitted?
You may call this a remote case. But still, the officers who 'snatched' him from school should bear in mind the legal repercussion the might face if the boy's mom knows her right to sue the Force for all the embarrassment caused.
Why didn't they wait for him to go home first and pick him up from there instead of arresting him at home?
He was even intimidated to confess of rape or they 'will put him in a dark room and bashed up', according to him and his mom. What's all this? Is it necessary to scare him to death for a crime he could not have commit?
I hope this posting serves as a friendly advise from someone who always appreciate the job of PDRM. The police is one of the most important force to our security. However, in carrying out our duty, we must not act overboard.