Hanoi man arrested for torturing wife

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Police in Hanoi on Wednesday arrested a man who tortured his wife for hours in a fit of jealous rage, news website VnExpress reported.

 

Luu Nguyen Tan, 48, told the police he had tied his wife Tran Thi Thu Hang with a chain, hung her arms to the ceiling and beat her at their house in Thuong Dinh Ward, Thanh Xuan District.

 

The beating, which involved a hammer and beer bottles, split the skin on Hang's legs and arms. Tan then stitched them with sewing needles and thread, he said.

 

Hang was beaten and starved from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, until a neighbor discovered what was happening and informed the police.

 

She was rushed to hospital unconscious with multiple injuries and severe blood loss.

 

Doctors found two big injuries on her head and severe bruises on her arms and feet.

 

Tan told the police he was drunk and could not control himself.

 

Early on Monday, Hang had asked a waiter at the family's restaurant to help pluck a grey hair and Tan thought she had feelings for the boy, the wife said at the hospital.

 

Truong Anh Tu from the Hanoi Bar Association said that Tan's action was "savage" and could be charged with "deliberately causing injuries."

 

Tan was Hang's second husband. She already had a child from her previous marriage.

 

Hang said Tan was "sweet" when they started to get to know each other.

 

"But since we started to live together, he has been too jealous and brutal. Many times he beat me and I just kept silent," she said.

 

Police have begun investigating the case.

 

Domestic violence is rife in Vietnamese society. One out of three Vietnamese women say they have suffered physical or sexual violence at the hands of their husbands, a joint-study conducted by the United Nations and the Vietnamese government said last November.

 

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