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CRC Webinar Series on Protecting Children | Series #5: The Sweetheart Defence
Presenters : Baizura Kamal, DSP Saroja A/P Egamparam, Raymund N.C. Jagan & Zenathnara Narayanasamy
Posted in : Child Rights
CPD Activity (1.0 credit)
About the Course
The webinar will cover the following aspects:
  • The definition of a child;
  • The definition of statutory rape;
  • The international perspectives on the Romeo and Juliet Law and the sweetheart defense;
  • The comparison of consensual sexual relationships among youths as opposed to sexual crimes against children by adult sexual predators/pedophiles;
  • The discussion whether teenagers under 16 who engage in consensual sex should be spared from prosecution and/or being criminalised under the Penal Code;
  • The question of whether a sweetheart defense clause should be inserted in the Penal Code to decriminalise consensual sexual relationships between youths of similar ages;
  • The consideration whether these teenage lovers should be subjected to the same punishment under the Penal Code, which aims to protect children from sexual predators/pedophiles; and
  • The extension of the sweetheart defense to cover other sexual offences under the Penal Code and Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 (SOACA).
Upon viewing all the videos and completing the quiz in this course, you will be given 1 CPD point.

About the Presenters

Mr. Baizura Kamal
Baizura Kamal is the Head of the Sexual Crime & Domestic Violence Unit in the Prosecution Division of the Attorney-General's Chambers. Upon graduating with her LLB (Honours) from the University of Malaya in 1992, she began her legal career in prosecution from 1993 to 1997. Among her other contributions, she was also an Assistant State Legal Advisor for three years (1997-2000), was in the Legal Aid Bureau for three years (2000-2003), and was in the International Affairs Division for seven years (2008-2015). She also graduated with an LLM from University College London in 2006.
DSP Saroja Egamparam
DSP Saroja Egamparam hails from Penang and has been serving in the Royal Malaysia Police (Polis Diraja Malaysia, "PDRM") since 1987. With 33 years of experience in the police force, DSP Saroja also previously served in the Special Branch Division from 1993 to 2000, and was attached to the Serious Crime Division (D9) at the Negeri Sembilan Contingent Police Headquarters from 2012 to 2015.
She is currently the Head of the Child Investigation Unit with the Sexual, Women and Child Abuse Investigation Division (D11) of the Criminal Investigation Department at the PDRM headquarters in Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur. She possesses a Master's degree in Law from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia ("UKM").
Mr. Raymund N.C. Jagan
Raymund is a registered counsellor and a board member with the Malaysian Board of Counsellors (2018-2023). He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology and a Diploma in Counselling Psychology, both from UKM.
He retired from the government service after serving in the Social Welfare Department (Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat) for 30 years. He worked as a Psychology Officer and Counsellor in various services in the department.
Raymund is a trainer in social work and counselling. His interests include matters pertaining to domestic violence, mental health and child protection - including the influence of mass media and social media on child development. He is also a lecturer in the Diploma in Social Work Programme at the Methodist College Kuala Lumpur.
Raymund is a member of the Public Media Agency, a communications non-governmental agency that promotes media literacy and media education in dealing with social problems. He is also a volunteer counsellor at the Selayang Hospital’s Mentari Centre, which provides mental health services for the public.
Ms. Zenathnara Narayanasamy
Zenathnara is a practicising lawyer and a member of the Bar Council Child Rights Committee.