PENANG: Police are probing a viral incident involving a girl who was beaten up by several individuals on a staircase.
Malaysia’s northeast district police chief Assistant Commissioner Soffian Santong said the video footage was uploaded by a Facebook account using the handle ‘Wyman Wyman’.
According to New Straits Times, Soffian Santong said about 10pm on Sunday (30 Jul), police received a report from a 51-year-old man.
“The man claimed that the woman who was beaten up in the viral video was his daughter,” he said.
Elaborating, Soffian said the 24-year-old victim had left home in December last year due to family problems.
“Since then, the victim had not returned home and was out of reach from her family.”
“Until now, we are not able to determine the location where the incident happened,” he said.
The case is probed under Section 147 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
“We advise people to stop spreading the video footage to avoid any speculations.”
“Those with information should come forward to assist in the investigation,” he added.
According to says.com, the video shows the group attacked the victim by slapping and kicking her, despite the victim’s apologies.
The victim is seated with her body leaning against the wall beside the staircase during the assault.
Due to this, her head almost hits the wall and the sharp edges of the staircase on multiple occasions.
“Let me ask you, will you report this (assault) to the police?” a female voice can be heard asking, to which the victim replies she will not go to the authorities
A person behind the camera can be heard saying that they should not have kicked her face.
As a result of the attack, the victim’s eyes are bloodshot and bruised.
The video shows her attempting to remove contact lenses from her eyes.
“Why say sorry now, but not when you are sleeping with someone?” asks a person before proceeding to hit the victim’s head.
Another girl can be seen using a slipper to smack the victim, who continues murmuring that she will not sleep with that person again.
When the victim kneels to apologise after taking a puff from a cigarette lit by the group, several assailants kick her again.
“You are not wrong, but I just don’t like your face,” says a person to the kneeling victimThe victim also gives the passcode to her smartphone when asked by a person behind the camera.
At the time of writing, the video has garnered over three million views with 22,000 likes.
The comments section of the video is restricted. The person who uploaded it acknowledged that the video has made news on Oriental Daily.
China Press reported that the person who uploaded the video mentioned in the post that they have reported the incident to the police, however, their comment were deleted.