Asia Briefs: Worker in Bandar Malaysia blast dies

Worker in Bandar Malaysia blast dies

PETALING JAYA• • One of three construction workers injured in an explosion at an MRT site in Bandar Malaysia has died. The two others remain in critical condition.

An old bomb from World War II is believed to have caused the explosion. Kuala Lumpur police chief Amar Singh confirmed it was a bomb but did not elaborate on its type.


India's top court makes landmark rape ruling

NEW DELHI• • India's top court yesterday ruled that a man is committing rape if he engages in sexual intercourse with his wife who is aged between 15 and 18, a landmark decision that will affect millions of child brides.

The legal age of consent is 18. The law regards even consensual sex with a woman under 16 as rape, but an exception had been made for intercourse between a man and his wife who is between 15 and 18. The Supreme Court ruled the age of consent was 18 for "all purposes" .


Lawyers attempt to stop Duterte's drug war

MANILA• •A group of Philippine lawyers yesterday filed an injunction with the Supreme Court to try to stop President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war on drugs, calling it an illegal campaign that lets the police kill and circumvent legal procedures.

Though Filipinos are largely supportive of Mr Duterte's iron-fisted approach, recent opinion polls indicate doubts that his drug war is above board and as effective as the government says.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 12, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe