Hornbill Unleashed

September 28, 2016

Cheap thrill from video footage

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and betrayal can be as painful as unrequited love or being cheated on. When this woman found out that her husband was two-timing her with a common friend, all hell broke loose.

After getting wind of her husband’s extramarital affair, she allegedly engaged another woman to confront the cheating couple in a hotel room in Sungai Golok, Thailand, last Wednesday. The result was a beating caught on camera and the third party was filmed stark naked.

Two short video clips, which last 2 minutes 8 seconds and 1 minute 15 seconds, show a naked woman being assaulted by another woman. A fully-clothed man, believed to be the errant husband, made feeble attempts to stop the assault on him and the naked woman.

The videos were uploaded on the social media to shame the woman caught with her pants down, literally and figuratively. The video went viral and was picked up by a national newspaper. It even became a news item on TV.

The mother of the 26-year-old naked woman, who was assaulted with a bottle and required 15 stitches, has appealed to the public to delete the video footage. Pleading for the public to not allow the public shaming to continue, she has asked for the video not to be shared any further.

This is understandable as she could not see her daughter traumatised and living in fear and disgrace over her indiscretion. The 49-year-old mother, identifying herself as Kak Ni, 49, is also concerned over the safety of her family due to threats received from an unidentified individual.

“Three days ago I received a phone call from a man who threatened to do something bad to my family. That is why I asked the police to patrol the area where we live and hope that the culprit will be arrested soon,” she said after a meeting with Kelantan police chief, Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail at the state police headquarters in Kota Bharu yesterday.

It is surprising that a case of this nature should get the attention of the top policeman in the state and made it to primetime news on TV.

Abdul Rahman said police have received reports on the incident from the victim’s family and from the person who allegedly spread the video.

“We will open an investigation paper on the case under Section 223 of the Communications and Multimedia Commission Act 1998, and Sections 323 and 506 of the Penal Code,” Bernama quoted him as saying.

A team from the Integrity and Compliance Standard Department will be sent to help the victim, the report added.

It is obvious that the public interest in this case borders on voyeurism. It is human nature to be drawn to controversial news, especially those with lurid details about forbidden sexual trysts.

What was supposed to be a private matter has become a case of public interest. This delicate and most personal marital discord is no longer just a family affair.

When the airing of dirty laundry is this public, there isn’t a ghost of a chance for the couple to reconcile. Although it is out in the open, we should respect the privacy of those involved, especially Kak Ni, who is heartbroken over the whole affair.

Eddie Hoo@The Heat Malaysia Online

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