The Rights of Victims of Crime under Malaysian Law: Legal Framework and Prospect for Reforms

By Nasimah Hussin.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The rights of victims of crime should be protected. In conventional punitive justice as exercised in Malaysia, the law only focuses on punishment that is to be inflicted on the offender. Nevertheless, it ignores the needs of victims of crime. Even though the victim has certain rights, it does not mean that such rights can be obtained straight away. In fact, many victims neither realize nor understand about their rights. As a result, it is claimed, victims rarely experience justice when their case is dealt with by traditional punitive methods. Thus, it is timely to examine the existing legal framework and to suggest reform to the system so that the aspects relating to rights of crime victims can be formulated. This is significant in order to promote fair and just treatment for the parties concerned. This paper will focus on adequacy of law in protecting the rights of victims of crime in Malaysia.

Keywords: Victim’s Rights, Criminal Justice, Victimology

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.35-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 653.432KB).

Dr. Nasimah Hussin

Lecturer, Faculty of Law, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territories, Malaysia

Nasimah Hussin, B.A (Malaya) M.C.L.(IIUM) and Ph.D (Edinburgh) is a lecturer in Kulliyyah of Laws, IIUM. The areas of her research interest are: Women and Child law, Islamic law, Criminal law and human rights. She has published several articles, some of them being: The Discretionary Power of the Judge in the Determination of Ta‘zir Punishment; Abortion and Causing Miscarriage: Islamic Medical Perspective; Offences Relating to Decency; Juvenile Delinquency in Malaysia: Prospect for Reforms. She is currently writing a book on modern approaches to Islamic criminal law.

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