Two days after video of a young couple abusing an old man at a toa payoh hawker center went viral, public outrage does not appear to be abating as netizens now call for punitive action to be taken against the abrasive couple. While most netizens urged the authorities to take this errant couple to task, some have petitioned to the Government asking them to intervene and to raise funds for the old man to take civil action against his abusers.
The question is, did the couple commit a crime where the police are able to take action? Is the man guilty of using criminal force against the victim when he charged and banged him from the back? Were the couple being a public nuisance when they hurled vulgarities at them?
Let’s see how the Government deals with this mounting pressure. Will they do the right thing and take action against this errant couple or will justice not be served?