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Hanoi police find suspects accused of sexually assaulting foreign women

Hanoi police find suspects accused of sexually assaulting foreign women

Sunday, March 07, 2021, 13:20 GMT+7
Hanoi police find suspects accused of sexually assaulting foreign women
Three suspects accused of harassing foreign women are seen at a police station in Tay Ho District, Hanoi, March 5, 2021. Photo: Mai Huong / Tuoi Tre

Police in Hanoi have summoned three teen suspects accused of insulting and sexually assaulting foreign women in one of the capital's districts.

The suspects, including N.D.L., 16, N.N.H., 15, and D.T.D.,16, all of whom are from Nghia Do Ward in Cau Giay District, were interrogated by police of Tay Ho District on Friday.

The suspects admitted to their crime, police officers said.

Earlier the same day, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh had required the People’s Committee in Hanoi and relevant agencies to prioritize the investigation of those who had been accused of sexually harassing foreign women in the area around the West Lake in Tay Ho District.

“Prevention measures should be put in place, while stern punishment must be levied upon the perpetrators," Binh underlined.

"The outcome of the crime handling process should be made public in the mass media.”

Earlier this month, police in Quang An Ward, Tay Ho District received reports from four foreign women who said they had been insulted and sexually harassed by some groups of boys and young men ages around 15 to 20 traveling on motorbikes with hidden license plates.

Police then collected statements from the victims and eyewitnesses, as well as examining CCTV footage in the area where the incidents took place.

They also searched for potential suspects and warned the foreign community in the area of such a situation.

Three of the women were staying in Quang An Ward while the other in Tu Lien Ward, also in Tay Ho District.

Quang An Ward police have advised local residents and foreigners in the neighborhood to avoid going outside alone or going to secluded locations.

Reports of sexual assaults can be made to the local police station via phone number 02437184128.

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