KOTA BARU: A 15-year-old was beaten and stripped naked after he was caught trying to steal a motorcycle at Masjid Pauh Lima in Binjai here.
Pictures of him nude on the motorcycle have gone viral and aroused the anger of netizens against â€œthe mobâ€ that injured the boy in the head, body, torso and legs on Wednesday before handing him to the police.
A netizen calling himself â€œUstazâ€ said the imam of the mosque should realise that Islam forbade Muslims from disgracing anyone.
â€œThe imam should have stopped the mob from disgracing the suspect and … prevented such wild justice from happening,â€ he wrote.
â€œHorrorsâ€ said the posting of the nude pictures on the Internet was uncalled for even though the boy had committed an offence.
â€œTurbaniteâ€ said it was wrong to take the law into oneâ€™s own hands,
Meanwhile, Kota Baru OCPD Asst Comm Rohaimi Md Isa confirmed that worshippers caught the boy trying to steal a motorcycle at the mosque compound at about 8.15pm.
â€œHowever, we could not ascertain who among them had beaten him up,â€ he said.
The boy was sent to the Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital for treatment.
The suspect had admitted trying to steal the motorcycle and having stolen other motorcycles in Binjai and Melor with an accomplice, ACP Rohaimi added.
He said the suspect was being remanded to help investigations.-The Star