Police in Ha Tinh Province, north-central Vietnam are investigating a case of suspected child abuse after a video clip spread on social media showed a half-naked man beating a teen girl with nothing on.
In the four-minute clip, the unclothed girl was hung against the ceiling of a house with a string that tied her hands while the man was beating her with a rod.
The video has triggered deep indignation among the online community after it was posted on Friday morning.
The incident took place at a house in Cuong Gian Commune, located in the province’s Nghi Xuan District, as far as Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper had learned.
Hoang Van Ha, chairman of the commune’s administration, confirmed to Tuoi Tre that the incident occurred in the locality, adding local police have launched an investigation into it.
The girl in the clip is N., 11, and the man beating her is her father, N.V.T., 36, Ha said.
N. is the second child in her family of three siblings and N.’s mother is now a guest worker in Taiwan, according to local authorities.
“The incident happened a few days ago. After the video clip appeared, local authorities and police came to T.'s house for verification but he had left,” Ha said.
T. works as a seaman and often drinks alcohol and beats his children, Ha added.
Local police are continuing to investigate this suspected child abuse case.