Police are looking into footage of a man publicly assaulting his girlfriend in southern Vietnam’s Vinh Long City after a clip emerged online, angering netizens.
In the nearly seven-minute clip uploaded to YouTube last Friday, a couple traveling on separate motorbikes are seen stopping in the middle of Tran Dai Nghia Street in Vinh Long, the capital of Vinh Long Province.
After what appears to be an argument between the two, the young woman dressed in red gives up her motorbike and runs away, chased by her reported boyfriend.
Catching up with his girlfriend quickly, the man forcefully drags her back to their motorbikes, repeatedly telling her to go home, according to the video seen by Tuoi Tre News.
After a second unsuccessful escape attempt, the young woman gets on her knees and begs to be let go.
As the tension between the two rises, the man can then be seen strangling the girl, beating and pushing her over her motorbike and onto the ground, resulting in the woman briefly fainting.
Despite a reluctant intervention from onlookers, who can be heard asking the girl about her relationship with the man, the violence continued and was captured by an onlooker who later uploaded the footage to Facebook and YouTube.
The girl begs to be let go in this still photo taken from footage taken last Friday on Tran Dai Nghia Street in Vinh Long City, March 24, 2017.
According to initial investigations by Vinh Long City Police, the incident occurred on Friday night and was the result of a conflict over ‘romantic matters’.
There are around 20,000 cases of domestic violence reported across Vietnam every year on average, according to statistics from the Department of Family under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
National surveys also reveal that as many as 58 percent of Vietnamese women reported having been victims of domestic violence, be it physical, mental or sexual at some point in their lives, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Viet Tien said last year.
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Footage of the violence on Tran Dai Nghia Street in Vinh Long City, March 24, 2017. Clip: YouTube