SHAH ALAM, 27 May 2009: A Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) student, who was almost raped while taking a bath at her college six months ago, is suing the university for negligence.
The 21-year-old student, who is in second year at the Faculty of Hotel Management and Tourism, filed the suit through her lawyer, Mohamed Hanipa Maidin, at the Sessions Court registry here yesterday.
In the statement of claim, she stated that UiTM had failed to ascertain safety at its campus, including the college area, by failing to prevent trespassers from entering the area.
She claimed that UiTM also failed to take appropriate measures to ensure its students’ safety, despite complaints having made on incidents of sexual harassment at the college.
Beside aggravated, general, special and exemplary damages, the student is also asking for cost and other relief which the court deems fit.
The statement of claim was read to reporters by Mohamed Hanipa at a press conference called by Shah Alam Member of Parliament Khalid Abdul Samad here today. — Bernama