South Korean authorities are investigating the case of a local man who allegedly killed his Vietnamese wife before committing suicide, Vietnamnet reported Wednesday.
The Women's Union in the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho quoted the South Korean General Consulate in Vietnam as saying that 38-year-old Pham Thi Loan, who hailed from the city’s Thot Not District, was murdered on Tuesday in South Korea.
The husband’s identity was not revealed.
Meanwhile, Pham Van Ri, Loan’s father, told Saigon Giai Phong newspaper that his daughter had been strangled to death.
He said that via a broker, Loan married the Korean construction worker, who was ten years older than her, last August, and moved to South Korea to live with him on January 21.
Afterward, she sounded sad during frequent phone calls to her family, saying that her husband suffered from stress, according to the newspaper.
Last year another Vietnamese woman was stabbed to death by her Korean husband. Previously, in 2010 and 2007, two other similar cases were also reported.
Many Vietnamese women from poor families in the Mekong Delta are enticed by brokers to marry Taiwanese or South Korean men, most of whom are considered either too old or too poor, or both, to marry a woman at home.
The marriages, however, are wrought with severe challenges due to language barriers and cultural differences; very few, if any, Vietnamese women have enjoyed the fairy tale lives they sought.