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Emirati and Indian community: YouTube beating was a one-off

Communitty leaders say incident should not be used as a stereotype

  • By Mariam M. Al Serkal, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 14:30 July 29, 2013
  • Gulf News

Dubai: The assault case in which an Emirati man beat an Indian driver over a minor traffic accident should be seen as an isolated incident that should not be used as a stereotype against each of the cultures represented, say members of the Emirati and Indian community.

The video, which went viral on YouTube, has gathered a great deal of public interest due to the fact that it occurred on the side of the road in broad daylight but nevertheless, residents representing both cultures agreed that all three parties were at fault, including the Indian man who uploaded the video online.

The chapter was finally closed as it was reported on Sunday that all charges against the Indian man who filmed the incident and uploaded it on YouTube have been dropped by the Emirati man’s family, and that the assault charge against the Emirati was also dropped by the mini bus driver.

“The UAE is a collage of cultures that are blended together, and that peacefully live with each other. You cannot judge a whole society by the actions of an individual… and I don’t think the video has tarnished the image of Emiratis. Everyone must stand up for their own actions,” said Nasif Kayed, general manager of Shaikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding.

“It is a pity because we are an imperfect species and all have our weaknesses, and his weakness is that he was unable to control his temper. Everyone has the option to do wrong or to do right, and in this case, he failed miserably in controlling his anger,” he explained.

Kayed explained that all parties were at fault, and that no one person should be blamed for the incident.

“The way the man burst out in anger was uncalled for, the other man should have stopped the fight instead of filming it, and the Indian man should have defended himself and tried to stop [the assault],” he said.

Senior members of the Indian and Emirati communities have praised the role of police and the government, who detained the assailant and the Indian man for recording the incident and defaming the suspect.

KV. Shamsudheen, director of Barjeel Geojit Securities, who has been living in the UAE for 43 years, pointed out that in all his years, he has never come across a violent incident between people of the two nationalities.

“Everybody involved was at fault but rules are rules that applied to everybody, whether they are a government official or not. Any individual can make a mistake on certain occasions, but this should not change people’s outlook on the UAE being one of the most peaceful countries in the world,” said Shamsudheen.

Bharatkumar Shah, chairman of Al Mustaneer Trading, who has lived in the country for more than 30 years, said: “Residents of Dubai must know that if any other influential government official was involved in this type of incident in any other part of the world, including India, nothing would have happened to that official. Nobody would have dared to touch him. I salute to the government of Dubai who took immediate action to detain the government official.”

Comments (22)

  1. Added 17:48 July 30, 2013

    I must appreciate how Dubai police took charge of everything.. And I believe that it was a natural reaction which was shown by the Emirati guy... although a bit out of control. But don't give this incident another direction; anyone would have reacted like that.

    Anonymous, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:30 July 30, 2013

    This is just about two men.. it is not about two countries or two nationalities.. we shouldn't make it such a big issue better we need to solve it.. we are just human beings, not God. Sometimes good people also make mistakes. So, plz just try to make it peaceful in the country.

    Saroj, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 16:14 July 30, 2013


    dvrma, dv, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 14:05 July 30, 2013

    I adisagree with bharat kumar shahs comment 'if any other influential government official was involved in this type of incident in any other part of the world, including India, nothing would have happened'. i believe one shouldnt give their opinion on something if they havent lived in any other part of the world, this might be the case in india but not where i live where the queen, prime minister or anyone gets the same treatment and trial as normal citizens. there are biased judgements taking place sometimes but people are scared about their future and well being and never comes into light

    charles, london, United Kingdom

  5. Added 13:53 July 30, 2013

    This is just a small incident that media is trying to make it such a big deal. This is a fight between 2 men not between 2 countries so stop printing this news.

    saif, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:39 July 30, 2013

    Good that this incident is brought to lime light. Of course UAE is a safe and peaceful place to live comparing to other countries. To maintain this we should not show any partiality towards law and order. it is shocking to see this. Now after this incident, these kind can increase, if not handled properly and the guilty is not punished. its true that we should solve things amicably, but not all. Dropping the charges and withdrawing the cases are not happening for everybody, only selective people get this facility. Law should be same for all, manhandling should not tolerated or compromised.

    Subhan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 13:39 July 30, 2013

    I'm afraid I have to disagree with this article. The idea that they are all equally to blame is absurd. No matter what the driver may have said justifies the beating which he endured at the hands of the official publicly. And let's be honest how many people all over the world film acts of crime and violence are then subsequently charged with defamation? None, instead most are commended for capturing the crime. This is just my opinion. I would also like to add that the nationalities of the individuals are irrelevant and lazy stereotypes should not be drawn from them. People should be judged based on their behaviour and always treated equally.

    Uncomfortable truth, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 13:21 July 30, 2013

    Most of the people agree that this small incident was made big issue, this is a small personal case where i dont see any reason to point on UAE for this. My Family always feel that UAE is safest place for us and all my relative who lives in UAE agree the same. Plus with this incident most of the UAE resident have been aware of the rule that taking video/picture in public without permission of concern person is against the Law of UAE.

    Syed Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 13:16 July 30, 2013

    Have been in the UAE for quite some time ,One should really appreciate the courtesy shown by the Local population of this nation No nation is perfect and no body except god is perfect,Overall UAE is one of the best places to live

    MATHEW, SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 12:49 July 30, 2013

    It was nothing but a hue and cry made by someone who intentionally or unintentionally tried to show unwell action of the individual. In fact, the UAE is one of the safest and the ethically serene place where people flock from every corner of the world in search of a safe, peaceful and nuisance free life. We must exhibit our royalty and reliability towards the country and its Nationals.

    omar kafil Ahmad, abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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