KUALA LUMPUR, June 16 — Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim today pleaded with authorities not to give any dispensation to the five teens who allegedly bullied T. Nhaveen to death.
She said the group aged between 16 and 18 years’ old must be prosecuted as adults rather than young offenders, which would prevent them from facing the mandatory death penalty for murder.
“I urge for this case to be dealt under the Penal Code and not the Child Act,” the women, family and community development minister was quoted as saying by the Star Online news portal.
“The one thing his mother asked me was this to be the last case and not let it happen to anyone else’s child,” she added.
Breaking into tears at the wake for Nhaveen in Bukit Gantang, the minister said she felt the mother’s pain of losing a child.
Nhaveen, who was savagely beaten up and sodomised with an object last Saturday, died yesterday.
Police have detained the five teens over the incident. Three of them have completed Form Five and are waiting for SPM results while two are currently in Form Five.
The five teenagers are believed to also be involved in another assault case involving another 19-year-old boy back in May and have been further detained for investigations into the case.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar yesterday said Nhaveen’s case was now classified as murder.