85-year-old Vietnamese man kills wife on suspicion of adultery

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A knife being displayed at an exhibition on domestic violence held last year in Hanoi. Photo: Nguyen Tuan A knife being displayed at an exhibition on domestic violence held last year in Hanoi. Photo: Nguyen Tuan
Nam Dinh police have arrested an 85-year-old man for fatally stabbing his wife, whom he suspected of committing adultery and denying him sex.
Nguyen Van Tai is in police custody for investigation of the death of Hoang Thi Diem, 64, said Hoang Tien Hai, police chief of Yen Khanh Commune.
Neighbors said they heard Diem crying for help at 5 a.m. on June 3 from the couple's house in Yen Khanh Commune.
At the house, they found Tai holding a knife and his wife Hoang Thi Diem, 64, suffering from multiple injuries.
Tai threatened to stab anyone who attempted to stop him.
A neighbor managed to wrestle the knife from Tai and suppressed him before local police arrived.
Others took Diem to the hospital but doctors decided that she had died upon arrival due to severe bleeding from 40 wounds.
At the police station, Tai admitted to murdering his wife.
Officer Hai told Tien Phong newspaper the case was transferred to provincial police department for investigation.
According to him, Tai and Diem apparently "had conflicts over ‘bedroom affairs’" because Tai suspected that his wife was having extramarital relationship and failed to meet his sexual demand.
“Neighbor said several days before the murder, Diem complained that she was insulted and threatened for failing to satisfy his sexual demands of two times a week,” he added.
According to a report released at the launch of the Vietnam Family Year 2013, 178,847 domestic violence cases were recorded between 2009 and June 2012, of which more than 16,000 cases involved elders and 23,300 involved children, with the majority of the rest involving spouses, mostly wives.

The National Study on Domestic Violence Against Women in Vietnam found one in three women reported they had suffered physical or sexual violence at the hands of their husband some time in their life. This number rose to 58 percent when taking into account psychological abuse.

The study, conducted by Vietnam’s General Statistics Office and the World Health Organization, interviewed nearly 5,000 women between 18 and 60 years of age.

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