Taekwondo Athlete Sued For Assaulting OKU, Turns Out She Was Allegedly Molested
A Malaysian Taekwondo athlete Nur Dhia Liyana Shaharuddin was recently ordered to issue a public apology to a disabled man for allegedly assaulting him at the Putra Heights LRT station. According to the disabled man, P. Rodriguez, the athlete had kicked him four times in the chest at the LRT platform, despite his pleas for her to stop.
Netizens and citizens alike jumped to the defence of the disabled man who suffers from visual and hearing impairment, and some even accused Dhia of misusing her Taekwondo skills.
Before we judge Dhia’s actions, let’s ask ourselves why did she kick the disabled man in the first place?
Two years ago, a day after the incident took place my friend, kakak pada Dhia, told me about the incident. Bukan untuk memburukkan mana-mana pihak, but after listening to Dhia's side, if I dekat tempat dia pun, I would do the same thing
So, this is the story
— Ulfah (@Zackulfah) April 16, 2019
As it turns out, she was allegedly molested by the disabled man. According to a friend of Dhia’s on this Twitter thread, he groped her butt, and even then Dhia had the courtesy to ask, “Why did you grab my butt?”
The athlete had kicked him as a badass act of self-defense. After that, Dhia made a police report but did not proceed with the case as it could affect her performance in the 2017 SEA Games. A few months later, the athlete was slapped with summons from the civil court as P. Rodriguez had accused her of assaulting him instead.
Unfortunately for Dhia, the court had ruled in favour of the disabled man’s case, and the athlete was ordered to issue a public apology and pay RM2088 to the P. Rodriguez for damages and legal costs.
We shouldn’t be so quick to judge people based on viral news, as there could be more to the story. In Dhia’s case, it was all an act of self-defense when she was molested.
Stay strong, Dhia. He won’t get away that easily. Meanwhile, here are some steps to protect yourself from sexual harassment in public places, because unfortunately, it still happens.
1. Arm yourself with pepper spray, or make your own with this DIY recipe if you need one in a pinch.
2. If you suspect that you’re being sexually harassed, shout, scream and make a scene. Perpetrators get deterred when their actions are made known to the public.
3. Use your phone – if you can, keep a record of the suspect’s face and actions. Make a police report at the nearest police station, and don’t ever withdraw it.
4. Sisters, let’s always look out for each other. If you notice that a woman looks uncomfortable, offer to help and protect her. Predators are less likely to assault a woman who isn’t alone.
For more info and legal advice, please contact the Women’s Aid Organization at 03-79563488 or WhatsApp TINA at 018-888058