Zairi Yusoh shows how the hair of his daughter, Nur Damia Qistina Zairi, was pulled up by a woman in a supermarket in Kuala Pilah. (Pic by AMRAN YAHYA)

KUALA PILAH: Two children were allegedly kicked and had their hair yanked out by a mentally ill woman at a supermarket here on Thursday.

Zairi Yusoh, 36, said he was shopping for groceries with his daughter, Nur Damia Qistina, 5, and two-year-old niece Nur Elisya Zaidi when the incident occurred at about 5.15pm.

"I was having a meal at a nearby food court and my daughter and niece were playing nearby when suddenly, I heard Nur Damia screaming.

"I rushed over and found an unknown woman lunging at them," Zairi told the NSTP when met at his home in Kampung Baru Condong, Juasseh Tengah here today.

Zairi said the woman tugged his daughter's hair back aggressively when he tried to separate her from the two children.

He said a tuft of Nur Damia's hair was ripped out of her scalp and a struggle ensued.

"The woman proceeded to kick my niece in her stomach and a group of people came over to help."

Zairi said he was made to understand that the woman was in her 20s and was suffering from mental health problems.

"What is regrettable is that her father was also at the food court. As a parent, he should have monitored his daughter's actions, especially since she is mentall ill.

"What's worse is that the man did not even apologise despite witnessing the entire incident unfold," he added.

The woman, Zairi said, was arrested by police after members of the public called 999.

Zairi, he said, lodged a police report at Melang police station at 6.18pm the same day.

Meanwhile, Kuala Pilah district police chief Superintendent Haslah Bachok confirmed the incident, saying the woman has been sent to Tuanku Ampuan Najihah Hospital.

"An investigation paper was not opened because the suspect is a mental patient," he said.