04 Jun '11, 10am

M'sia 'labels' prostitute suspects

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian activists condemned police on Saturday for using marker pens to "brand" 30 suspected prostitutes, with large crosses on their foreheads. Newspaper pictures published on Friday of the 29 Chinese and one Vietnamese arrested in a vice raid on a high-end nightclub on the holiday island of Penang sparked outrage among rights groups who demanded an investigation. "It is absolutely wrong and it's illegal because it amounts to taking away of the dignity of the suspects and there is nothing in the law that allows for such marking of suspects," N. Surendren, of rights group Lawyers for Liberty, told AFP. "In fact, such markings can be considered a form of assault so police must initiate a criminal investigation to determine who was responsible for this assault on the women," he added. State police chief Ayub Yaakob defended his officers' actions, saying they ...

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