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Vietnamese pranksters make video to raise awareness of domestic violence

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 12:39 GMT+7

A group in Hanoi has recently made a social experiment video to see how people react when witnessing a young woman beaten by her boyfriend on the street.

And the result is what they call “chilling.”

In their footage, “What will Vietnamese people do when seeing a woman beaten?”, four members of the WowTV group set up scenes in which a man was hitting a woman in public places like an alley, a park, etc. to see how people reacted.

During the 2-minute-24-second video, though many people passed by the couple, only a foreign woman and a Vietnamese man tried to stop the attacker.

Among the others, some just looked at the couple and then walked away, a woman intended to interrupt the violence but was stopped by her relative, and many chose to watch from afar.

The video has been watched more than 11,000 times after a week posted on YouTube and Facebook.

While many viewers expressed their shock seeing how indifferent people in the video were, others explained that the people were hesitant to help because there have been staged situations in which some pretended to be beaten and then robbed those who came to help.

A few thought the situation did not look like real violence for people to block it.

Huy Anh, the 24-year-old founder of WowTV, said most viewers showed their support for the group’s work, adding there are also complaints but he feels proud and glad that the group’s message has been delivered to the community.

Anh said that the idea of forming the group and making the video occurred to him after he saw how people change their attitude toward negative videos.

He said after a video surfaced of locals trying to steal beer cans falling out of a truck in an accident, people have expressed strong criticism of those looters and later news stories about those helping each other in such accidents have spread widely.

“Then I thought I could use negative clips to encourage positive acts,” Anh told Tuoi Tre News.

According to Anh, it takes time to change people’s attitude, but in this case, their keeping silent has been criticized and he believed that the video has had influences on their acts.

“Don’t wait, speak up!” he added, saying his group’s message through making the video is “Doing nothing to prevent bad things is crime.”

WowTV also said that they are working hard on the next videos, adding they are singling out topics and messages which are more positive and close to the reality.

“We expect to surprise people,” Anh revealed.

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Dong Nguyen/Tuoi Tre News

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