The police in Malaysia are investigating an incident in which a 12-year-old girl was allegedly beaten up Sunday by a group of her classmates. A video of the attack recently went viral on social media.

The victim reportedly told the police the incident occurred because one of the attackers was jealous of her relationship "with the girl’s foster brother."

The three-minute-long video shows a group of at least three girls confronting the victim. They are heard screaming at the unidentified girl when one of them grabs the victim’s hair and wrestles her to the ground, media outlet The Star reported. The attacker continues to pull her hair while the others cheer. The victim is then kicked multiple times, following which the attacker grabs her hair and beats her up. Another girl then breaks up the fight.

Authorities said the attack took place at a house in Kelana Jaya, a suburb of Petaling Jaya, in the state of Selangor

"The victim lodged a police report claiming that she was attacked by a group of her classmates at the stairwell of a flat. She claims that one of the girls who attacked her was jealous over her relationship with the girl’s foster brother," senior police officer Mohamad Hamid in the city of Petaling Jaya said in a statement Monday, The Star reported.

The victim suffered injuries to her head and body from the brutal beating. The suspects in the case have not been identified.

"During the incident, one of the suspect’s friends recorded the attack and shared it on WhatsApp as well as the suspect’s Instagram account," Hamid said.

The police are investigating the incident as a case of voluntarily causing hurt.

"We also advise the public to refrain from circulating the video as the case is under investigation," he said.

Hamid said arrests will be made soon in the case, reported Harian Metro [Google Translate].

“All parties involved in the incident have been identified and will be taken to assist the investigation in accordance with Section 323 of the Penal Code,” Hamid said.

If convicted, the suspects could face up to one year imprisonment or a fine of up to $480, or both for voluntarily causing hurt.

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