If it takes 122 officers to arrest someone, you would think that the person they are arresting is a highly dangerous criminal.
However in this case, a transgender woman by the name Nur Sajat somehow “needed” 122 officers to be arrested due to the way she dressed at a 2018 religious charity event.
(Image is for illustration purposes only but the person in the image is Nur Sajat) Image via Babab
Nur Sajat was accused under a vague law that covers the “offenses relating to the sanctity” of the religion, which targets those who insult, ridicule, or degrade Islam through “words which are capable of being heard or read or by drawings, marks or other forms of representation which are visible or capable of being visible or in any other manner.”
If found guilty, Nur Sajat will face a penalty of RM5,000 (about US$1,200) fine and three years imprisonment.
Image via The Star
Coconuts.co asked the Selangor Islamic Religious Department, or JAIS, as to why they needed to deploy so many officers. Unfortunately, the representative couldn’t give an answer (what?). The order was announced on 25 February (Thursday) which immediately shock netizens due to the large scale of operation over a case that didn’t match the need for it.
Image via JAIS’ Website
Despite that, a warrant was already obtained by JAIS director Mohd Shahzihan Ahmad from the Shariah court in Selangor to arrest the 36-year-old transgender individual. With the warrant, the enforcement officers and other members under the department will look for her around Selangor.
Sajat was supposed to be attend court on 23 February 2021 which also happened to be her birthday.
Why did Nur Sajat become a Target?
Sajat was under fire for “offending” Islam by wearing a pink dress during a 2018 Islamic worship event/ charity work. She attended the event with her employees and later filed a complaint against her interrogators for wrongfully handcuffing her under their custody.
(Image is for illustration purposes only but the person in the image is Nur Sajat) Image via KL Press
Meanwhile, many netizens on Twitter have voiced out their frustrations and support for Sajat.
122 officers just to arrest one transgender woman is quite outrageous. Nur Sajat’s only “crime” was to switch genders and JAIS is handling the case like they are handling a murderer. We hope that JAIS would revise back their decisions and also hope for the safety of Nur Sajat.
Credits to MSN Entertainment for the initial coverage.