Asia Briefs: Fake bomb threat causes chaos

Fake bomb threat causes chaos

JAKARTA • Eleven passengers of a Lion Air flight en route from Pontianak, Kalimantan, to Cengkareng in Jakarta sustained injuries following a fake bomb threat.

Passengers reportedly panicked after a male passenger joked about a bomb on the plane while they were entering the Boeing 737 aircraft.

A video recording of the incident on Monday showed panicked passengers jumping out through the emergency door as well as from the plane's wings, leading to injuries.


India says abused boys ignored

NEW DELHI • Indian states are ignoring boys in compensating child victims of sexual abuse, the federal government said yesterday, weeks after it was criticised for overlooking males in a new law mandating tougher punishment for rapes of girls.

Indian states run programmes to compensate victims of crimes, but sexually abused boys were not getting any financial help, the Ministry of Women and Child Development said. Activists and police say many cases of abuse of boys go unreported because of the stigma attached to homosexuality.


JB murder suspect caught

BANGKOK • The alleged mastermind behind the brutal murder of a man at a petrol station in Johor Baru last December has been caught in Thailand after several months on the run.

The suspect, who is in his 40s, was apprehended by Thai police officers in Chaiyaphum province, north-east of Bangkok, at around 7am on Tuesday.

In January, two suspects were charged in Malaysia over the Dec 17 murder of a 44-year-old man who was stabbed and then run over by a white BMW car at the Taman Pelangi Shell station.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 31, 2018, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe