There was a rumour floating around my sister’s residential area about a covered-up tragedy that struck a family who lived two blocks down the road from her. A man saw two guys trying to steal a car, and in an act of bravery (or these days, dumbness) tried to stop them. The robbers overpowered him, stole everything he was carrying and forced him to bring them to his apartment where they took everything and THEN raped his wife.
The incident was never published in any papers, a friend of a friend who got the tale from a security guard said. The recent police blocks along the roads quite ‘confirmed’ the validity of the story — if nothing had happened, why would the police patrol the area so frequently these past couple of days? Not that anyone is complaining, just a lot of speculation on our side.
When the tale was related to me, I was silent for a while, rather scared. Not for me but for my loved ones who are living in the area. When such tragedy strikes so close to home, it makes you think real hard about what might have been, what could have been and the possible aftermath. I felt for the victims of the crime — it must have been a real horrible nightmare especially during the emotional recovery period, and I could only imagine the pain they are going through.
Today I read the papers and found the real story:
Rape of model at condo: Duo detained
PETALING JAYA: Two men were arrested on Thursday in connection with the rape of a 24-year-old model early last month.
The first suspect was nabbed in Petaling Jaya in the Proton Wira stolen from the victim’s boyfriend in Kota Damansara.
The second suspect was detained hours later at his home in Klang.
Petaling Jaya police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Hazam Abdul Halim said both men had been remanded until Wednesday. A third suspect is still at large.
Police are investigating whether the three men had used a stolen access card to enter the Palm Springs condominium complex or had inside help.
In the 6.30am incident on June 5, the victim’s boyfriend stumbled upon three men trying to remove the tyres from his car. The suspects overpowered the salesman, bundled him into his car, and drove him to an ATM in Klang.
Not satisfied with the RM150 he withdrew, they assaulted him and then drove back to the condominium where they ransacked the victim’s apartment and raped her.
Okay, so it is not THAT close to home now. Guiltily I felt a little relieved. All I can offer for an explanation is that there is a difference between someone robbing your next-door neighbour and someone robbing the neighbour in the next block. It’s a natural instinct to want to protect your own loved ones especially when your perceived space in the darn big world feels threatened, even if it’s just a strong word of caution to ‘let them take the tyres, the car even if it means saving your own life’.
I still feel damn bad for the victims. The robbers are most inhuman. Rhetoric, yes but I still have to voice it out. If not, tak puas. Not content with taking away someone’s hard-earned money, they just HAD to commit rape. Pouring buckets of salt to the open wound. There is no sense of humanity left. I wonder what circumstances led them to do what they did. I wonder if I should even wonder, for even in other cases there are grandfathers/fathers raping their own flesh and blood.
Shit la, damn emo.