Violence against women

Unwanted pregnancies due to rape and incest (violence against women) are increasing

Women and girls becoming pregnant through incest and rape is on the rise in Malaysia. In 2006, there were 2,431 reports of rapes compared to 1,479 in 2003 (statistics, Royal Malaysian Police). It is estimated globally that only 10% of all rape incidents are reported due to stigma and fear so the incidence is much higher. As marital rape is not acknowledged, the figure excludes married women who are raped. Although emergency contraception (Postinor) is available from private health sector doctors and pharmacies, it is not widely known nor used to prevent unwanted pregnancies.