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Filipina brutally beaten up by Kuwaiti police officer
July 11, 2013, 9:40 am
A Filipina fitness instructor was brutally beaten up by a Kuwaiti police officer inside the Municipality Health Department after a verbal tussle with her Egyptian mandoub on July 7. Jenny was rushed to Amiri Hospital with multiple head, hands and knee injuries after the incident and underwent surgery at Farwaniya orthopedic hospital on Monday. Her case was registered at the Assistance to Nationals Unit at the Philippine Embassy in Faiha. The incident took place at the Municipality premises in Sharq on Sunday when Jenny went with two of her colleagues (a female Romanian and a Filipina) to fix their municipality cards.
After waiting for 30 minutes, one of her colleague suggested to just give their civil IDs to their mandoub so as to follow up the results. “I was the one talking with our mandoub because I can speak and understand Arabic,” Jenny recounted to Kuwait Times. “But he was not happy about it. He told me I am always creating problems. I said no, I was just helping and transferring messages to him on behalf of my colleagues.” After a small disagreement, the mandoub disappeared but returned to hurl Jenny’s civil ID to the ground while the other two civil IDs were handed back properly.
“I was offended of course, but I didn’t mind it. He called our boss and my boss spoke to me and my colleague,” she said. Calm followed and the mandoub disappeared again, this time for more than two hours. He came back with a policeman. The policeman was obviously stationed inside the Municipality. “When the police saw us, he called me specifically. I asked if I had done anything wrong. I was puzzled.
He shouted and again called me. Without anything on my mind, I went with them. We were on the first floor in front of the stairs when we were arguing about something. When we reached there the officer was shouting at me and asked why I was creating trouble. I told the police I don’t create any problem with anyone. I told him if you listen to the mandoub, it is only right to listen to me as well,” Jenny said.
“While I was narrating my side of the story, the police became even more furious. He said I was disrespecting him, and told me to go into a room nearby. When I was about to enter the room, the police grabbed my bag and told me I don’t have respect. I said I know how to respect but I told him he wasn’t respecting me. He released his grip on my bag but grabbed my arm forcefully, pulled my hair and dragged me down the stairs. The next thing I knew I was already groggy, and did not know what was going on. I felt nothing but unbearable pain on my face and body,” she recalled.
Her two colleagues at that time heard the commotion going on nearby. At first they didn’t realise Jenny was under attack. “I was stunned by the commotion on the staircase, so I rushed there to see Jenny lying in a pool of blood. I also saw her bag nearby with blood. I was already in panic, screaming and told them she’s my colleague. I saw a man carrying her to a room nearby and I told them that I wanted to see her, but they wouldn’t allow me go near her. I kept asking what happened and I saw the policeman going out and lighting a cigarette and just telling mafi shei, mafi shei (nothing…nothing),” the Romanian colleague recalled.
Married with three kids, Jenny said all she wants is real justice to be served. “Thank God I am still alive, but I really want to hit back – I don’t deserve this. I am an aerobics instructor and I used my body to work and provide for my family. After this, I don’t know if I can still do my usual job,” she cried. Jenny’s mother, who is also working as a fitness instructor in Kuwait, appealed for help and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.
Source Kuwait Times
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