The student who highlighted rape culture in her former school, which ultimately led to more students across the nation coming forward and galvanising the #MakeSchoolASaferPlace movement, Ain Husniza, received a lawyer’s letter yesterday seeking RM1 million as a compensation for defamation from the teacher who allegedly made rape jokes and verbal harassment in class.
hi. harini ain tiba-tiba terima surat tuntutan atas “pernyataan-pernyataan fitnah”
dlm surat ni ain diberi 7 hari untuk untuk semua tuntutan ni, antaranya untuk membayar RM1,000,000 dalam gantirugi.
all i ask is semua doakan urusan ain dipermudahkan :’) #MakeSchoolASaferPlace
— ain #MakeSchoolASaferPlace (@ant33ater) August 4, 2021
The accused teacher named Ain, Saiful Nizam Ab Wahab (her father), and her mother in the lawsuit, and demanded them to withdraw previous statements and make a public apology, along with the compensation.
Saiful Nazim shared a Facebook post regarding the letter of demand, stating that it was delivered yesterday afternoon, indicating that there were a total of 5 demands to be met.
Since tweeting about the list of demands, she has received encouraging response from netizens and politicians, showing that she has a community of supporters standing with her in solidarity.
Do not give up.
We are with you.
Kalau ada crowdfunding, tolong share.
Ramai di belakang Ain. We will help you speak truth to power 💪🇲🇾 https://t.co/va9VMBJbV7
— Syed Saddiq (@SyedSaddiq) August 4, 2021
Tolong jangan normalisasi gejala ‘victim blaming’ terutamanya dalam kes seperti ini. Kita mesti hormati kaum wanita, dan kanak-kanak mesti dibela.
Masyarakat mesti tegas melawan budaya jelek ini dan harus dukung perjuangan adik Ain.
Teruskan perjuangan! https://t.co/aFN34J7RwC
— Anwar Ibrahim (@anwaribrahim) August 4, 2021
Ini kes saman sivil, bukan kes jenayah. Yang saman Ain, serta ibu bapa beliau, ialah guru yang dituduh mengeluarkan kata-kata lucah tempoh hari.
Laporan polis yang dibuat Ain terhadap guru tu masih dalam siasatan.
Tiada sebarang tindakan dari Mei hinggalah Ogos. https://t.co/gDOds0p8b3
— Hadi Azmi (@amerhadiazmi) August 4, 2021
Her original Tiktoks on the matter went viral immediately after they were posted and were reported by international news outlets.
tw// R4P3 JOKES, VERBAL H4R4SSM3NT
— ain #MakeSchoolASaferPlace (@ant33ater) April 23, 2021
Aside from the accused teacher, Ain has also lodged two police reports against her school mates for threatening her with rape. She withdrew them after the families of the students apologised.
Ain and her family are currently refraining from commenting further on the case, as per advised by her lawyers.