KAJANG: A health centre in Semenyih is now under investigation following the alleged abuse and rape of one of its employees, a 13-year-old girl.
It is understood that the minor, who hails from an underprivileged family, was sent to the centre in April to study massage techniques so she could learn a skill and help her family.
District police chief Assistant Commissioner Ahmad Dzaffir Yusoff said details of her ordeal emerged last Thursday when the girl was sent to Taman Cheras Permata to massage a female client.
During the massage, the client noticed what appeared to be burn marks on the girl’s arms.
“The woman asked the girl about the marks, and the girl eventually opened up to the woman what happened. The girl claimed that she was strangled, punched and beaten with a hot ladle by the centre’s female caretaker,” he said.
The woman contacted a non-governmental organisation for help. The NGO then brought the girl to lodge a police report the following day.
The girl also told the police that she was raped by a client during a massage session in Seri Petaling in May.
Dzaffir said a medical examination at the Selayang Hospital showed that the girl had burns on her body, arms and mouth.
The centre’s caretaker was arrested at 5.30pm yesterday after police recorded her statement at the district police headquarters.
He said police will be recording a statement from the centre’s 54-year-old owner, who is currently hospitalised for a heart condition.
The case is being investigated under Section 31(1) of the Child Act 2001.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated case, police have arrested a 56-year-old Indonesian man for allegedly molesting a 16-year-old girl.
The man, a business partner of the girl’s father, had allegedly been molesting the teen since 2014.
The girl’s family lived with the suspect in Cheras Hartamas. She claimed the latest sexual abuse case occurred on Dec 21, when her parents were abroad.
The girl claimed that on the day of the incident, the man entered her room around 1pm on the pretext of wanting to talk to her. When she refused, he turned violent and strangled her, as well as touched her private parts.
“The girl claimed the man had also attempted to molest her eight-year-old sister,” said Dzaffir.
She then lodged a police report, which led to the man’s arrest on Friday.
The man’s remand order is expected to expire today.
The case is being investigated under 14(a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017.