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Published by Afterschool.my on Aug 05, 2021, 11:31 am
Back in April of 2021, 17-year-old Ain Husniza Saiful Nizam posted a TikTok video exposing a sick joke her P.E. teacher made during class. The video has been viewed over 1.8 million times and has ignited a debate over sexual harassment, misogyny and violence against women in Malaysia.
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In her video Ain explained that when the class was talking about laws that protect minors from sexual abuse and harassment, their teacher interjected with his comment that, “If you want to rape someone, make sure they are above 18.”
She was disgusted by this comment and said, “He really said that, and the girls were quiet but the boys were laughing like it was so funny to joke about raping someone.”
The viral video sparked an important movement across the country and #MakeSchoolASaferPlace starting trending. However, conservatives kept saying that Ain was being too emotional and should have just kept quiet. Furthermore, her own principal took to Facebook to call the teenager a “hypocrite” and a “child of Satan wearing a hijab”, although the principal claims her account was hacked and called to have it investigated.
Almost three weeks after the incident, the P.E. teacher was transferred to another school. Now, nearly four months later, Ain has been hit with a RM1 million defamation suit from said P.E. teacher.
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The Form 5 student said in a Twitter post, “Today, I suddenly received a letter of demand for “defamatory statements. In the letter, I was given seven days to respond to the demands, including to settle RM1,000,000 in damages.”
Ain father also stated that while the letter was from the aforementioned P.E. teacher, “The letter was issued by the teacher for defamation, although we never mentioned his name or the school’s.”
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