Bangladeshi Das Ratan Chandra, 41, a construction worker who had sex with a 12-year-girl in Malaysia was sentenced to 22 years' jail and 18 strokes of the cane on Friday (April 12) after he pleaded guilty to three charges of statutory rape.
Another 22 charges were taken in consideration. Two weeks after they met in a train,when she was with her grandparents, he began sending her photographs of his genitalia and asked her to reciprocate. He also pestered her to have sex and she agreed to it at least five times. The offences, which took place between February and April 2017, came to light after the girl's mother chanced upon her behaving suspiciously during a video call with a man and went through her text messages.
Her parents confiscated the girl's phone and found sexually explicit text exchanges she had with the accused. Deputy Public Prosecutor Winston Man argued that the accused had "deliberately and consciously cultivated the victim for sexual purposes". So there were aggravating factors as they indicated premeditation. Sex offences against minor persons are strongly punished in Malaysia.