M'sian student, 17, sued for S$320,000 after claiming male teacher made rape jokes in class

She made the claims in a TikTok video posted in April 2021.

Syahindah Ishak | August 06, 2021, 04:16 PM

A Malaysian student has been hit with a RM1 million (~S$320,000) defamation lawsuit after alleging that her teacher made a joke about rape in class.

Ain Husniza Saiful Nizam, 17, first made the claims in a TikTok video uploaded onto her account in April 2021.

Claimed he joked about rape

In the video, Ain said that her male physical education teacher was conducting a lesson on sexual harassment.

"He was making a couple of jokes, but it was normal at first," she said.

However, the jokes escalated and started to become inappropriate.

As the class was discussing about laws protecting minors from sexual harassment, Ain claimed that her teacher said: "If you want to rape someone, don't rape those under 18. Rape those who are above 18."

According to Ain, the girls in the class went quiet, but the boys were laughing.

Received defamation lawsuit

On Aug. 4, 2021, Ain tweeted that she had received a letter of demand alleging defamation.

"In the letter, I was given seven days to meet all these claims, including to pay RM1,000,000 in compensation," she said.

In a separate tweet, Ain's father, Saiful Nizam Abdul Wahab, confirmed that his family had received the letter.

"Following our lawyer's advice, we will not comment further on this case for now," he added.

According to the Malay MailAin's father Saiful said that it was the teacher who issued the legal letter.

Police report made against her

The next day, Ain revealed that she was called in to provide a police statement for a report lodged by the alleged teacher.

However, on the same day, the Sungai Buloh police said that they have completed investigations into the case and have classified it as "No Further Action", according to New Straits Times.

Sparked national debate on sex education and misogyny

Ain's TikTok video went viral overnight, and has garnered nearly two million views as of the time of writing. It sparked a highly divided national debate on sex education and misogyny in Malaysia.

While other female students came forward to share similar experiences and show their support, a number of people criticised Ain for her actions.

According to Free Malaysia Today (FMT), Ain received a rape threat from a male classmate, who has since apologised.

The New Straits Times reported that Ain lodged police reports against both the classmate who made the rape threat and the teacher himself. The case against the teacher is apparently still under investigation.

In May 2021, the Malaysian Education Ministry announced that the teacher involved in the alleged incident would be transferred to the Selangor Education Department, according to Malay Mail.

FMT also reported that the principal of Ain's school allegedly uploaded a Facebook post calling her "anak setan pakai tudung", which translates to "child of the devil wearing a hijab".

Ain later launched the #MakeSchoolASaferPlace online campaign, making the hashtag trend on social media.

She also attracted the attention of international media outlets with her views.

Top images from Ain's TikTok & Twitter accounts.