A man in Vietnam has been probed for inflicting domestic violence on his partner for the past 11 years over the victim's inability to bear a child.
Police in Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province confirmed on Saturday they had initiated legal proceedings against Nguyen Van Dung, 45, for assault.
Dung has not been taken into custody but is required not to leave his place of residence.
This decision was made after the National Institute of Forensic Medicine concluded that Hoang Nhat A., Dung’s partner, suffers permanent injury due to external factors.
A., 34, previously submitted a denunciation letter against her partner to local authorities in mid-August.
In the letter, A. stated that Dung had been beating her for 11 years as she was unable to have a child.
The most recent violence occurred on July 23, when the victim was assaulted for half an hour.
She then went to the Vietnam - Cuba Friendship Hospital in Quang Binh's Dong Hoi City for a check-up, and doctors stated she sustained a serious spinal cord injury.
A. and Dung live as husband and wife but do not have a marriage registration because Dung does not have an ID or birth certificate.
Dung could just attack her anytime he felt angry or upset, while her inability to bear a child was the root of the problem.
“When I came home late after working at the farm and could not prepare meals on time, he beat me. When he heard someone talk about my infertility, he beat me,” A. recalled.
She had to seek for help from Dung’s sisters and ran away to her parents’ house many times.
The victim was able to put up with the violence in such a long time as Dung had threatened to harm her family if she revealed it.