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Woman stripped, laughed at!

A 61-year-old ethnic woman claims that two policewomen ordered her to strip naked and then laughed at her after she was detained for alleged shoplifting.

india Updated: Apr 01, 2006 18:27 IST

A 61-year-old ethnic Chinese woman claims that two Malaysian policewomen ordered her to strip naked and then laughed at her after she was detained for alleged shoplifting, news reports said on Friday.

Cheng Pik Wai, a Taiwan-born Malaysian citizen, said she was detained on March 11 and taken to a Kuala Lumpur police station where she was brought to a room and ordered to strip, the New Straits Times daily reported.

A similar case triggered an outcry in Malaysia late last year after a secretly shot video was circulated in public, showing a woman stripping in police lock up and performing squats in front of a policewoman. An investigation revealed that nude squats were routinely forced on suspects in Malaysian police stations. The government has since banned the practice.

The New Straits Times said two policewomen ordered Cheng to turn in circles three times, laughing loudly when she did so. She said she was freed on bail that evening but found cash missing from her purse.

City police officials weren't immediately reachable for further details.

The owners of the shopping mall where Cheng is alleged to have shoplifted subsequently dropped charges against her, saying there was an apparent misunderstanding, The Star reported. Cheng lodged a police report on her mistreatment after clearing up the shoplifting issue. She made the claims at a press conference for the local media on Thursday, accompanied by opposition lawmaker Teresa Kok.

The reports quoted Kuala Lumpur deputy police chief Ahmad Bahrain Idrus as saying that the department would investigate the complaint. "All I can say is that we need to check the allegation to see if it is true," he was quoted as saying.