Referring to a recent case in which a South Korean man brutally beat up his Vietnamese wife, Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang on July 9 stated that the Vietnam embassy in South Korea has asked local authorities to deal strictly with domestic assault.
The embassy called for measures to prevent such incident from being repeated to other Vietnamese wives, Hang said.
She added that the embassy’s representatives have visited and comforted the victim, and is willing to take more necessary protection for the woman’s legitimate rights.
Currently, the 30-year-old Vietnamese woman is safe and receiving treatment for the fractured rib at a local hospital, Hang stressed.
Screenshots from an online video show the South Korean man beating his Vietnamese wife (left) and their son crying by her at their home in South Korea, July 4, 2019. Photo: Korea Times
A video published last Saturday shows her 36-year-old husband slapping, kicking and repeatedly punching her in the head and stomach for three hours at their home in Yeongam, South Jeolla Province, Korea Times reported.
The violence happened last Thursday and was witnessed by their two-year-old son who was crying and screaming beside his mother as she crouched in a corner.
The woman had suffered similar assaults before and this time she decided to record it secretly with her cellphone, South Korean media reported. She then showed the video to a Vietnamese friend who reported the incident to the police before uploading the video online.
The husband was arrested on Sunday and is facing charges of battery and violating the South Korean law on child welfare.
Police said the reason for the assault was the woman’s low Korean proficiency. The man also reportedly told them that he was drunk when he beat her.
In recent years, the number of Vietnamese-Korean marriages tends to increase. Most have a normal marital life but some are in disgrace for many reasons. In order to protect the rights of Vietnamese citizens who marry South Korean people, Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has taken measures to protect Vietnamese citizens' rights.