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Woman arrested for allegedly abusing sister with heated objects

SEGAMAT: Police arrested a woman in her 20s who allegedly abused her younger sister using a heated fork and scythe.

The arrest was made on Aug 29, after the 18-year-girl who had burn injuries to both her eyes, ears, back and buttocks, ran to a neighbour's house for help. The 51-year-old neighbour alerted the police.

Segamat police chief Superintendent Ahmad Zamry Marinsah said following the report, the suspect was arrested and the item allegedly used in the abuse was seized.

He said investigations revealed that the victim has been staying with her elder sister, after their parents died in 2017, while the alleged abuse was punishment for disobeying her.

Ahmad Zamry said the suspect who was charged under Section 324 and 326A of the Penal Code on Sunday, may face a 10-year jail term, a fine and canning, upon conviction. However, she pleaded not guilty and was released by the Segamat magistrate on RM1,500 bail.

The victim is still warded in the Segamat Hospital here for the burn injuries she sustained. Earlier, a video emerged in which the victim recounted the alleged abuse she suffered at the hands of her sister.

In the video that went viral online, with its narration in Tamil, the victim said her sister, who has a nine-year-old daughter, had been allegedly abusing her for the past five years. She also claimed beside being scorched with the heated fork and scythe, she was also burnt on the tongue, ears, forced to eat dog food, and drink her niece's urine.

The purported abuse was punishment for answering back, not listening to her and for being lazy when she slept, she claimed. She also claimed that her brother-in-law had broken her arm, and threatened to burn her private part.

Segamat member of parliament R. Yuneswaran who visited the victim at the hospital, urged the public not to speculate on the alleged abuse, and let the authorities conduct their investigations.

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