PETALING JAYA: A video of an elderly woman being assaulted by a group of foul-mouthed youngsters has gone viral on social media yet the victim has chosen to brush off the incident, describing it as merely a “joke.”
A 59-second clip of the 66-year-old grandmother being slapped, kicked and at one point, whipped with a belt is said to have taken place in a flat in Cheras and according to district police chief ACP Chong Kok Sin, four women and a man have been arrested so far.
“The victim’s granddaughter came forward to lodge a police report after seeing the video, fearing for her grandmother’s safety.
“She said that for the past three months, the victim was residing in the flat with her friends as she did not get along with her daughters-in-law.”
The police then headed to the scene where they found the woman and around 10 other individuals engaged in a heated argument.
“We identified the individuals depicted in the video and took them to the Salak Selatan station for questioning,” said Chong, adding that the victim has two sons of her own, aged 43 and 47.
“The victim has on several occasions, been kicked out of her sons’ houses due to her drinking habit.”
The sexagenarian – who police said was drunk at the time – did not sustain any injury from the assault caught on the video that began after one of the suspects teased her.
The playful banter was said to have gotten out of hand after which the victim threw water from a dog’s bowl onto the face of one of the suspects.
“The complainant and the victim have since met to discuss the case, but the latter has refused to proceed with police investigations and has insisted on remaining at the flat.
“She apparently is comfortable living with the suspects who provide food and laundry services for her,” explained Chong.
The police report has also been withdrawn but Chong said investigations would continue under Section 324 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt with dangerous weapons or means.