Police in the northern city of Hai Phong on Monday criticized a local woman for forcing her 12-year-old son to walk naked on a street as punishment for stealing money.
The boy was seen walking in tears without clothes on Tran Nguyen Han Street around noon on Monday while his mother repeatedly insulted and whipped him, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported Tuesday.
Some neighbors reportedly asked her to stop, but she refused to. They then called the police.
“I don’t want to treat him like that. But this could be the only way to make him feel ashamed so that he won’t steal money anymore,” she said, as cited by the newspaper.
Local police have reprimanded the mother.
The boy reportedly stole VND500,000 (US$22) from his grandmother, who lives in the same house, to play online games.
A 2014 survey conducted by the General Statistics Office found nearly three of every four Vietnamese children between the ages of two and 14 have suffered violence from their relatives or caretakers.