Malaysian police slammed for cattle-branding women
Malaysian police slammed for cattle-branding women2:09 PM Saturday Jun 4, 2011
Malaysian lawyers, politicians and activists have slammed the police for abusing their power in chaining and marking the bodies of 30 foreign women detained for alleged prostitution.
Police raided a nightclub in northern Penang state late on Thursday and arrested 29 women from China and one from Vietnam, along with eight Malaysian men.
It sparked an outcry after local newspapers carried photos of the women bound up in a long chain and marked with either a tick or an X on their chest and forehead.
On Saturday, opposition lawmaker Teresa Kok lambasted the police for treating the women "as though they are cattle."
Police have defended their action, saying the markings served as an identification to differentiate the women from other female patrons at the club.