Siti Kasim Gets Rape, Acid Attack and Death Threats

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The Bar Council member lodged a report at the Sentul police yesterday against a man for calling on Muslims to behead her.

Choo Choy May/The Malay Mail Online

Lawyer and activist Siti Kasim has been threatened with rape, attack with acid and murder over her reported stance on the lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual (LGBT) community, according to the New Straits Times.

The first threat was reportedly posted online on Jul 3, with an attached article quoting her stand on the LGBT community, as reported by an online portal that she claimed misquoted her.

On Jul 19, the same man wrote another post, attaching yet another article from the same portal, stating that she had allegedly said, “Not to follow Arabic Islam, but follow the real Islam”.

The man wrote, “The dog is barking at the hill but it will not be long before the hill collapsed on the dog.”

The post received many responses from the man’s followers.

Siti claimed that among the responses on the website were calls to behead and rape her as well as splash acid on her face.

“There were netizens who replied, saying that ‘they want to’ (take up the challenge), and they proceeded with exchanging WhatAapp numbers, while others said that they should not be discussing the matter on the website as anyone could read it,” she told the NST.

Siti said the threats were the most serious she has received so far and she feared for her safety.

She hoped that police would take action against the people who have made the threats at her and her family.

“Clearly these people are planning something, if the police did not do anything then my blood is going to be on the police’s hand.”

She did not, however, identify the online portal that had published both the articles as she does not want to jeopardise police investigations.

Siti regularly speaks out against Islamic authorities here and is a vocal proponent of Orang Asli rights.

She was previously detained for allegedly obstructing religious enforcers during a raid on a suspected transgender beauty pageant.

Related report: Jun 24, Siti Kasim Claimed Trial on Obstructing Jawi Officer