A woman is receiving treatment at a Ho Chi Minh City hospital for serious burns after her husband set her on fire, allegedly for taking his drinking money to buy food for their children.
Doctors at Cho Ray, a leading public hospital in the city, said they are taking care of the 27-year-old woman from the central province of Binh Thuan. They said she suffers burns all over her body.
The woman, Bui Thi Khue, said her husband gave her VND90,000 last week to pay a restaurant where he previously drank.
She paid VND40,000 and spent the rest on food for their two children. “They had not had decent meals for days.”
When the restaurant asked the husband for the rest of the money the next day, he came home and started beating his wife. Then he left to drink again, Khue said.
The 30-year-old husband allegedly came back in the afternoon and saw his wife lying with wounds from his beating. He locked the door, poured oil on her and set her on fire.
Neighbors heard her screaming, opened the door and sent her to hospital.
They have informed local authorities. No arrest has been made.
"I thought he was done after beating me," Khue said.
The couple make a living by working trivial jobs for fishing boats in the area.
Poverty at many families in Vietnam is usually combined with drinking and addiction problems, which according to studies are the main causes of domestic violence.