PETALING JAYA, May 12 — A woman claiming a policeman threatened to rape her after she was detained over the anti-Goods and Services Tax (GST) rally on May 1 is demanding an independent investigation into her allegation.
Maisara Amira, who was among those arrested after the May Day rally in Kuala Lumpur, also denied she was not co-operating in the probe as alleged by ACP Zainol Samah who heads the Dang Wangi district police headquarters where the threat was said to have been made.
"We want an independent and non-involved team to conduct the investigations. How can the Dang Wangi police conduct the investigations when the initial threat was made there," her lawyer, G. Sivamalar, told reporters at a press conference today.
At the press conference organised by human rights group EMPOWER, Maisara recounted the alleged incident after she was arrested along with 23 others for being part of an “anarchist” group purportedly out to disrupt the May 1 rally.
She had been remanded for four days, during which time she said the incident took place.
"He told me 'do you want me to rape you?, in this room there is just you and me. There is a camera and microphone, if I sell I can be rich," she alleged.
Maisara further claimed that the officer warned her to answer the questions asked by a female officer, failing which “I'll ask her to go out and I will enter and settle with you."
The 21-year-old lodged a report last Friday over the alleged threat, while Zainol said on Saturday that she did not respond to calls from his officers investigating her claim.
Her father, Mohamed Asmadi Ahmad Safari, today expressed concern for his daughter’s safety and urged the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to intervene in the case.
"The officer involved should be brought to the face of justice. IGP should be involved and do a thorough investigation, his own officer should not have done this," a clearly distraught Asmadi said.
EMPOWER executive director Maria Chin Abdullah said the police should not stoop to such low tactics to force information out of their detainees, calling it a violation of their rights.
"The rape threat was used to extract information from her. They always said they are to prevent violence against women but now they are perpetrating violence against women by making such threats," she said.
Other groups also present during today's press conference were Tenaganita and Women's Aid Organisation (WAO).