KOTA BARU: A shocking video of a woman publicly whipping the alleged rapist of her 13-year-old daughter has gone viral and she is likely to be charged with taking the law into her own hands.
The 37-second clip shows the woman flogging the man whose hands and legs are tied up and pants pulled down to expose the buttocks.
She is seen using what looks like a stick or a cane to hit the man on his backside, body and head and scolding him as a crowd watches.
The incident was reportedly recorded at Pantai Seri Tujuh, Tumpat, at about 5pm on Thursday.
State CID chief Asst Comm Lai Yong Heng confirmed that police had viewed the footage and were identifying the people in it.
He said the 28-year-old man who was whipped was admitted to the hospital for injuries on his head and body.
The man was later arrested along with another suspect, aged 22, in connection with the rape of the 13-year-old girl in Tawang, Bachok, on May 22.
The 22-year-old man was also assaulted by a group of people before he was handed over to the police.
Those involved in the assault could also be arrested and face prosecution under Section 326 of the Penal Code for causing grievous hurt, ACP Lai said yesterday.
"People should not take the law into their own hands even if they believe they are right to do so.
"They must leave it to the police to act. In this case, we hope that the woman and the others seen in the video will surrender themselves before they are arrested," he added.
ACP Lai said although the public could make citizen's arrests and hand over suspects to the police under the Criminal Procedure Code, they were not allowed to dispense any form of punishment.
It is learnt that the girl was raped several times by the two suspects in a house in Kampung Budi, Tawang.