The George Town district police is now conducting an internal investigation into allegations that a police officer had refused to accept a sexual assault report from a victim.
The issue was made viral after Urban Life Volunteers took it to Facebook to accuse one of the officers at the station as he refused to take action on a sexual assault incident that happened in a female restroom in Komtar, Penang on 21 October.
In the Facebook post, Urban Life Volunteers said the suspect was turned over to the police head quarters by the building’s security team, and the victim had followed them to the police station with her mother.
The Facebook page then said that the police officer had refused to take the victim’s report based on the fact that the suspect is a homeless person and has no identity card, adding that lodging a report will be a “waste of time”.
They also mentioned that there have been several similar incidents of sexual harassment at the female toilets in Komtar, but the police had sympathise with the perpetrator and set them free.
Meanwhile, the George Town District Police Chief, ACP Soffian Santong had confirmed the woman’s allegation and has promised to conduct a “thorough, transparent and fair investigation” into the matter.
“If we find any wrongdoing or negligence in the implementation of work procedure, disciplinary action will be taken against the officers or personnel involved.”
“Refusing to accept a report by the public is a serious offence, and we will not compromise on the matter.” he was quoted saying by Bernama.
He also said the police have contacted the complaint and requested for a statement to be recorded.
“The alleged outrage of modesty incident is being investigated under Section 354 of the Penal Code.” he added.
He also reassured the public that the police are committed in giving their best services to the people.