PETALING JAYA, Jan 22 — A man who slapped an Indonesian woman’s head at a bus-stop in Bukit Mertajam for not wearing a “tudung”, or headscarf, has reportedly been arrested by police yesterday.
Malaysiakini reported Seberang Perai Tengah Assistant Commissioner Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid saying the 30-year-old suspect was picked up by a police team along Jalan Taman Perwira, Bukit Tengah around 11.30pm.
“After questioning, the suspect admitted that he pushed the woman because he was angry she did not wear the tudung.
“The woman had then scolded the suspect with words, saying he was mad,” he said.
Nik Ros Azhan said the suspect was brought to the Bukit Mertajam hospital for a medical check-up following his arrest.
A 24-year-old Indonesian woman who works at a factory in Seberang Perai had lodged a police report yesterday alleging she was assaulted for not wearing the headscarf after video of the incident went viral.
She claimed that the incident occurred on January 6 while she and her sister were waiting for a bus at Bukit Mertajam when the suspect approached them.
The suspect asked the women where they were going before getting angry and chided the victim for not wearing a headscarf.
He then slapped the victim’s head but stopped short of hitting her further after the victim’s sister came to her defence and he left the scene.
It was learned that the suspect had become mentally unstable after he was involved in a road accident 15 years ago.
On Friday, Penang Pakatan Harapan leaders lodged a report at the Jalan Patani Northeast district police headquarters, urging the authorities to probe the case, saying violence against women should not be condoned.