The normally crowded streets of Kuala Lumpur are empty during the national lockdown, but cases of domestic violence are increasing behind closed doors. Photo: DPA
The normally crowded streets of Kuala Lumpur are empty during the national lockdown, but cases of domestic violence are increasing behind closed doors. Photo: DPA

In Malaysia, domestic violence spikes amid lockdown to slow coronavirus infections

  • Women’s rights groups are reporting a substantial increase in calls for help as workers are forced to stay home, running low on food and income
  • The government has been called to take more substantive action to support women, especially as the lockdown has been extended until the end of April

The normally crowded streets of Kuala Lumpur are empty during the national lockdown, but cases of domestic violence are increasing behind closed doors. Photo: DPA
The normally crowded streets of Kuala Lumpur are empty during the national lockdown, but cases of domestic violence are increasing behind closed doors. Photo: DPA
READ FULL ARTICLE