A billboard that warn women they could be fine RM500 for indecent dressing while in Kelantan.

KOTA BAHARU: Rape cases in Kelantan showed disturbing statistics as the state recorded an increase of 25 per cent last year.

Kelantan Police Chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi said of the 313 cases last year, 60 per cent involved victims below 16 years-old.

“Twenty-three cases involved victims who were 12 years or below, 165 cases (13 to 16 years-old) and 125 cases above 16 years-old,” he told reporters at the state police headquarters here Sunday.

He said Kota Baharu recorded the highest number of rape cases followed by Pasir Mas and Pasir Puteh.

Through a survey, Abdul Rahim said the police found that rape cases took place due to socializing and consensual sex.

He said in general, the crime rate in Kelantan last year had declined by six per cent or 7,306 compared with 7,749 reported cases the previous year.

Abdul Rahim added that police were also studying whether to continue the police beat bases in Kota Baharu which was stopped two months ago. — BERNAMA