After 7 months of being accused of making rape jokes in school during physical education class, a secondary school teacher in Puncak Alam has filed a lawsuit against 17-year-old, Ain Husniza Saiful Nizam who is behind the #MakeSchoolASaferPlace movement, and her father.
According to Malay Mail, the teacher who has been named publicly for the first time, Khairul Nizam Sanuddin filed the suit in the Shah Alam sessions court on 26 Nov.
He claimed that Ain made defamatory statements against him between 23 and 24 April on her social media accounts, as well as in media interviews from 26 April to 26 June.
“Her impugned statements were shared by netizens without my explanation on what really happened during the class. Her statements implied that I was a teacher who was obscene and purportedly harassed students,” Khairul said.
He explained that during the class, he was making reference to laws on sexual assault against children, and contended that he was merely explaining the ways children can defend themselves when they were in such a situation.
He also alleged that Ain’s father, Saiful Nizam Abdul Wahab, made defamatory statements against him in a WhatsApp group and on his Facebook page on 24 April, where it was said that Khairul made “rape jokes”.
Besides seeking an injunction to bar the father and daughter from repeating the alleged statements on social media and damages, Khairul also wants a court order to compel Ain and Saiful to tender an apology.
ICYMI, Ain put a spotlight on sex education and systemic misogyny in public schools in April after complaining on TikTok that a teacher had joked about rape, sparking a nationwide debate and prompting others girls and women to share similar experiences.
The issue had started a Twitter Hashtag #MakeSchoolASaferPlace that set Twitter abuzz and appeared among the top 10 trending topics in the country.
Aside from the male teacher, Ain also lodged two police reports against schoolmates for threatening her with rape following her expose. She later withdrew this after the students and their families apologised.
Ain also received shocking comments from the Facebook account of her former school’s principal, Sarimah Mohamed Nor who labelled Ain as a “hypocrite” and “Satan’s spawn wearing headscarves”.
Meanwhile, in a recent shocking 64-page report by All Women’s Action Society, it is learnt that 89.2% of all sexual harassment violations in Malaysia occurred in primary and secondary institutions of learning. The report shares detailed stories of sexual harassment, rape, child grooming, period spot checks and more.