Strict handling demanded for violence against Vietnamese woman in RoK hinh anh 1Spokesperson of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
– Immediately after learning about the beating of a Vietnamese woman by her Korean husband, the Vietnamese Embassy in the Republic of Korea (RoK) contacted local agencies to request investigation and strict handling of the case in line with RoK law, thus preventing the occurrence of similar violence.

The information was released by spokesperson of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) Le Thi Thu Hang in response to reporters’ queries regarding Vietnam’s moves to protect the Vietnamese citizen in Hanoi on July 9.

According to the spokesperson, the embassy has contacted the victim and sent representatives to visit her. Hang added that the embassy stays ready to take necessary citizen protection measures to safeguard legitimate rights and interests and aspirations of the Vietnamese woman, who is now under treatment at a hospital with tight security.

The spokesperson said the MoFA had held a working session with the RoK Embassy in Vietnam to express Vietnam’s concern over the case, adding that the RoK side noted regrets for the incident and pledged to pay special attention to it.

Hang said the number of marriages between Vietnamese and Koreans has increased over recent years. Most couples have a stable life, but conflicts happen in some families for different reasons.

She went on to say that to protect the rights and interests as well as happiness of Vietnamese-Korean families, Vietnamese officials at all levels have discussed these matters with the RoK side.

The MoFA has taken many citizen protection measures, including asking competent agencies and social organisations of the RoK to teach Korean language and culture, provide vocational training and create jobs for Vietnamese citizens married to Koreans.

Besides, it has established a cooperation mechanism with the RoK Migrant Women’s Emergency Support Centre to exchange information and swiftly address emergency cases relating to Vietnamese brides in the country, while closely coordinating with the RoK Ministries of Justice, Foreign Affairs, and Gender Equality and Family to deal with incidents involving Vietnamese citizens married to Koreans.

The ministry has regularly brought the issue up during annual consular consultation meetings between Vietnam and the RoK, and asked the RoK side to tighten coordination and take measures and policies to ensure stable and happy mixed-race families, according to the spokesperson.

The case of violence made headlines in both countries over the weekend, after a video went viral of a 36-year-old Korean man punching and kicking his Vietnamese wife in the presence of their two-year-old son. The violence left the woman with a broken rib and other injuries that require four weeks of treatment.

The man, a resident of Yeongam, South Jeolla province, about 390km south of Seoul, reportedly beat his wife for three hours on July 4 for not speaking Korean well before he was put under emergency detention. He has been arrested and detained for eight days for investigation.-VNA