Woman in viral ‘slapping’ video lodges police report

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BUKIT MERTAJAM: A woman at the centre of a viral video apparently showing her being slapped for not wearing a headscarf has lodged a police report regarding the incident.

The woman, a 24-year-old Indonesian factory worker, said she was not slapped as claimed but had her head shoved back by the man, who seemed to be of unsound mind.

Police are now looking for the man so he can be sent to hospital for treatment.

The woman came forward to lodge the report to clear the air on what actually happened after the video went viral and the story got picked by UK’s The Daily Mail Online.

She lodged the report at the Central Seberang Perai district police headquarters at 12.26pm today.

She said the incident occurred between noon and 12.30pm on Jan 6 at the Taman Perwira bus stop in Bukit Tengah near here.

Central Seberang Perai district police chief ACP Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said at the time of the incident, the woman was waiting for a bus at the bus stop with her sister and a friend.

An unknown Malay man, who appeared unkempt and seemed to be of unsound mind, approached and asked her where she was going.

“She told him she was going to town. The man got angry with her and said he did not like seeing women without their headscarves.

“When the woman ignored him, the man used his hand to shove her head backwards.”

Her older sister prevented the man from taking any further action and scolded him, causing him to leave.

Nik Ros Azhan said the woman had been working at a factory for about two months.

“We are tracking down the 30-year-old suspect. We went to his house but he was not at home as he had gone out and was wandering about.

“His uncle told us the man had been mentally ill for 15 years after a road accident.”

Pakatan Harapan leaders in Penang have lodged a report, urging police to take action in the case which has garnered widespread attention after the video was posted online on Jan 5.

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