Teenager Ain Husniza Saiful Nizam, whose TikTok video detailing inappropriate rape jokes made by a teacher went viral in April, has been hit with a defamation suit in the amount of RM1 million.
In a Twitter post today, the Form 5 student said that she was being sued for 'defamatory statements. I was given seven days to respond to the demands, as well as to settle RM1,000,000 in damages," she wrote.
Ain's father Saiful posted on his Twitter account that he received a letter of demand from Rasshidi Ema & Yung, but would not comment at the moment. “We will seek advice from a lawyer about our rights and further action,” he said.
It was revealed that the letter of demand was from the teacher accused of making the rape joke.
In April, Ain, who was pivotal in getting the #MakeSchoolASaferPlace hashtag to trend on social media, claimed that her school’s physical fitness and health education teacher jokingly encouraged his students at SMK Puncak Alam, Selangor, to commit rape.
Following the viral news, the education ministry announced that the teacher had been transferred to the state education department.
It was later reported that Ain had received a rape threat from a male classmate, which her father reported to the police. Ain's father was said to have accepted the apology from the student after the student apologized for making the threat.
She was also called the devil's child ("anak setan pakai tudung") referring to her picture wearing a headscarf on the principal's Facebook page, causing further controversy among netizens who called for the ministry to take action.
However, the principal claimed that her Facebook account had been hacked and lodged a police report.