KUALA LUMPUR - A mentally challenged woman was raped twice by a Bangladeshi worker after she was forced by her employer to share a room with him.
The 22-year-old woman from Tanjung Karang needed a place to stay when she came to the city to work as a cashier at a car wash company in January.
"Initially I stayed with my manager, but after two months, in early March, I was sent to stay in the company's hostel, a shop house in Taman OUG.
"Only when I reached there did I realise that I was sharing a room with two Bangladeshi men," she said, adding that she was the only female among eight Bangladeshi men in the hostel.
The woman said she asked for a room to herself but her request was denied.
A week later, one of her roommates raped her.
"I told my manager about it and begged her to not make me stay there but she ignored me," she said very slowly in Mandarin.
She added that the manager told her that if she was not happy with her room, she could find her own place.
"My family is poor. I earn so little. I don't have enough to pay. So I had to stay," she said, adding that she was ashamed to tell her family about the rape.
One month later, the same man raped her again, this time at knife-point.
"I was very scared. I was lost. I did not know what to do."
"Then a few weeks later I found out that I was pregnant," she said, breaking down into tears.
She finally told her problems to a friend who convinced her to lodge a police report at the Brickfields police headquarters on May 22.
"Police arrested the man but my employer got him out on bail."
"Since then there has been no action from the police and they have not even brought me for a medical check-up," she said.