The official responsible for promoting cultural understanding in Dubai said an Indian driver who was beaten by an Emirati in an attack that was filmed and posted on YouTube should have fought back.
Shaikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding general manager Nasif Kayed said the Emirati filmed repeatedly punching the Indian for about 90 seconds after what appears to be a minor car accident was a “mad man” and the victim should have moved out of the way.
‘’In a sense you stop the attack rather than just sit there and allow someone else [to] hale on you,” Kayed told Arabian Business.
“[Instead of] being passive and doing nothing as you are being attacked, you could get out of the way of a mad man. Over all you can't return wrong with wrong but you should try and stop it.’’
Kayed said all parties were at fault, not only the Emirati.
“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 told Gulf News.
He also did not believe the attack had tarnished the image of Emiratis in general, despite a video of the incident going viral and being watched by tens of thousands of people internationally.
“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,” Kayed said.
“It is a pity because we are an imperfect species and all have our weaknesses, and [the Emirati’s] 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.”
The Emirati was later identified as a senior UAE official. He was detained for a short period and charged with assault but charges were later dropped.
The man who filmed the incident also faced charges after the Emirati’s son complained of defamation. Those charges also were later dropped.