More babies born out of wedlock
KUALA LUMPUR: The number of illegitimate children is on the rise, averaging at some 50,000 *what a huge number!* a year from 2008 to 2010, statistics from the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry showed.As of December last year, the total number of children born out of wedlock during that period stood at 152,182.
Statistics also revealed that Sabah, Selangor and Sarawak had the highest number of children born out of wedlock.
Deputy Minister Heng Seai Kie cited numerous reasons for the occurrence, among them, consensual sex, lack of knowledge about reproductive and sexual health, lack of attention from parents, watching pornographic videos and websites, and a lack of religious education.
She said the ministry was concerned and had initiated measures including formulating the National Reproductive
Health and Social Education policy in 2009 and launched the Kami Prihatin campaign in April last year.
Through the National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN), Heng said the ministry was working closely with the National Service Training Department to integrate the reproductive health and social education module into the national service training programme since July this year, involving 34,000 trainees.
She said the board had also set up six kafe@TEEN centres targeted at teenagers aged 13 to 24 to provide them with information related to psychosocial issues, living skills, gender relations and high-risk behaviour, sex before marriage, and counselling and clinical services.
“To date from 2005 the kafe@TEEN outreach programmes conducted in schools and local communities involved some 257,000 teenagers,” she said in Parliament yesterday.
Heng also said the ministry’s Talian Nur 15999 was available to help unwed mothers get counselling and shelter.
She said currently, there were no laws to prosecute non-Muslim couples who gave birth out of wedlock. However,
Muslims can be prosecuted under the Syariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act and if found guilty, can be fined no less than RM5,000, jailed no less than three years, or both.
She also said a man can be charged for rape under Section 376 of the Penal Code if he got a girl below 16 years old, pregnant.
“If the man is over 18 years old, he can be jailed between five and 20 years and caned if found guilty.
“If a boy aged between 11 and 17 was found to have got a girl pregnant, then the boy would be charged under the Child Act where he would be placed in Henry Gurney or Tunas Bakti schools for rehabilitation.”
source: NST, 16 Nov 2011
Take it as a lesson.
Beware in future.
Girls, Ladies, Woman, do take care of yourself in anytime, anywhere you are.