The Bac Giang Province police are investigating an incident in which a 14-year-old girl was allegedly beaten badly by her father on suspicion she was involved in a school fight.
The victim, identified only as T, is being treated at the Tan Yen District General Hospital with multiple injuries caused on December 11 by her father Nguyen Van Duong, 36, a construction worker.
“I and my friends witnessed a fight. A friend used her cellphone to record the scene and later asked me to continue recording with her phone,” she told Thanh Nien reporter from her hospital bed while keeping a fearful eye on the door for her father.
“He thought I was involved in the fight. He asked me to take my pants off and lie face down on the bed and used three broom handles and two bamboo sticks to hit me.”
She said his father had closed the door and ordered her not to cry.
“I tried to ward off the beating with my hands and my fingers were broken. He left me alone and went to work after that.”
A neighbor took T to the hospital.
Doctors said T had severe injuries in her back, buttocks and thighs and broken fingers.
Her teacher asked T’s grandmother Nguyen Thi Vuong, who lives in a nearby district, to come and take care of her in hospital.
“Looking at the injuries, I could not believe they were caused by her father… I have repeatedly asked Duong to allow her to stay with me but he refuses,” Vuong said.
Drunk, abusive husband
A neighbor, who asked to be unnamed, said T gets beaten very often by her father.
“He even tried to suffocate her once. Normally he is gentle, but always becomes aggressive whenever he is drunk,” she said.
Duong Van Hanh, a local official, said Duong’s wife Nguyen Thi Hoan divorced him eight years ago after he repeatedly beat her. She is now working in Malaysia.
Duong later married a 21-year-old woman and they had a child. But she too walked out on him with their four-year-old child whom Duong also beat, according to the neighbor.
Hanh said commune authorities would fine Duong and order him to not to beat his daughter again.
“We will also consider Duong’s rights to raise the girl and may let her stay with her grandmother.”