Seven-year-old boy raped girl?

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MELAKA - It is difficult to believe but a police report has been made against a Year One boy here for allegedly raping a kindergarten girl.

The report lodged at a police station here even baffled officers.

Melaka CID Chief Senior Asst Comm Kamaluddin Kassim directed his officers to be extra tactful in probing the case, as it involved two very young children.

Dolls were used by the police during the investigation process to record statements from the victim and the boy.

ACP Kamaluddin, when contacted, said the report made by the 30-year-old mother of the girl on July 20, was still being investigated.

"We have almost completed our investigation," he said yesterday.

The girl's mother, who is a single parent, lodged the report after her six-year-old daughter complained of pain soon after returning from her babysitter's house on the night of July 19.

The girl normally stays at the babysitter's house near her kindergarten until her mother picks her up in the evening after work.

On checking, she found that her daughter had red marks on her private parts. She then lodged a police report the next day.

The girl told her mother that the "pipit" (bird) of "abang" (the babysister's son) had caused the pain.

The girl also claimed the boy had inserted his fingers into her vagina when the adults were away.

Police had to summon the parents of both children to the police station as part of the investigation procedure, as the report was preliminarily investigated under the Sexual Offences Against Children Bill 2017.

The girl was warded at Melaka Hospital on the same day the report was made, and the medical report revealed that there was a fresh hymen tear.

A doctor from Jasin, Dr M. Jegamurugan said it was possible for a seven-year-old boy to have an erection.

He said he had worked with urologists and came across cases of young boys who experienced erection at a tender age, though they would not be able to ejaculate until they reach puberty.

"It is very rare for penetration to happen among very young boys, although there have been such cases, which are mostly attributed to surroundings and upbringing," he said, adding that if a child had an erection, it would have lasted just for a while and not to the extent of penetration.

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