As the world reels from the horrible deaths of two Indian girls raped and hanged in a public park, news has emerged from Malaysia's northern state of Kelantan of the gang-rape of a 15-year-old girl by as many as 38 different men. As the investigation has unfolded, more than a dozen have been arrested.
Reuters reported (via Yahoo News) May 30 that 13 men have been detained thus far as police, working on information from various sources, have moved to round up the suspects of the alleged rape. According to Astro Awani television and The Star Daily, the teen had gone to meet a 17-year-old girlfriend and subsequently had been lured into an abandoned hut purported to be a drug hangout. There, teen and adult men took turns raping the 15-year-old for hours.
Police say that 38 men altogether are suspected of being involved in the gang rape. They are also investigating whether or not the 17-year-old girl was raped as well.
The media reports also note that several of the men detained by police have tested positive for amphetamines in their systems.
Three of the suspects detained appear to be a father and his two teen sons.
"We are seeing a prevalence in rape cases because boys are raised in an environment where they think it is okay to use violence," Suri Kempe of Sisters in Islam told Reuters.
If convicted of rape, the men stand to go to prison for as long as 30 years and receive whippings.
The horrible incident is only one in a series of gang rapes that have made headlines throughout Asia the last few weeks.
In Uttar Pradesh, India, two teen girls, ages 14 and 15, were gang-raped and then hanged from a tree. The killings have sparked outrage in India, not to mention worldwide, and has seen the arrest of three male suspects thus far. Two policemen were arrested and two more fired Friday, according to the Associated Press, after it was discovered they did not investigate the initial rape report, which was filed by a father of one of the girls.
Uttar Pradesh is the state that became the center of global attention when a 23-year-old medical student was gang-raped on a bus in December 2012. Her case became the focus of protests and cries throughout India for stricter laws and punishment for those committing violent crimes against women.
In January, the New York Times reported that a female Danish tourist in New Delhi was gang-raped by as many as eight men, officials reported. She had stopped to ask a couple of men the directions to her hotel.