Police in Vietnam are probing a case where an 11-year-old was allegedly tied up to a truck by her mother and grandfather as a punishment for stealing.
The incident happened on Friday afternoon as the young girl, 11-year-old P.T.T., had her arms chained to the back of a truck that was parked along National Highway 1 in Ly Trach Commune, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province.
A piece of cardboard, saying 'punishment for stealing,' was left next to the girl, while her mother and grandfather were yelling at her on the road.
T. was only set free and allowed to get back in the house when bystanders interfered.
Several photos and videos of the incident have gone viral on social media.
Police in Bo Trach District confirmed on Saturday that they had summoned all of the girl’s family members, including her mother and grandparents, for questioning.
According to Ch., the grandmother, T.’s mother and grandfather had tied her up on Friday after she was caught holding Ch.’s purse early the same day.
As T. had stolen money from her family members several times before, they decided to sternly punish the girl to deter her from such wrongful actions.
“We only wanted to educate T. and were unaware the punishment could leave psychological consequences for her,” Ch. Said.
“It was not until we talked to police that we knew our behavior was that serious.”
Colonel Dang Van Hoanh, chief of the police unit in Bo Trach, stated that T. was only tied up and was not beaten.