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6-year-old girl rescued after being beaten by father for days

By Pham Du   September 6, 2020 | 07:54 pm PT
6-year-old girl rescued after being beaten by father for days
Police rescue a six-year-old girl after she had been locked up and beaten by her father for several days in Bac Ninh Province, September 5, 2020. Photo courtesy of Bac Ninh police.
A six-year-old girl has been rescued after being locked up and beaten by her father for days in their house in the northern Bac Ninh Province.

Details are sketchy. What is known is that Dang Trung Kien, 47, was reported on Saturday morning for perpetrating violence on his child in his house.

Officers arrived and ordered to let his daughter out, but he refused and locked the doors.

After spending many hours failing to convince the man to surrender, the police broke in at around 6 p.m. to rescue the girl.

She was hospitalized with bruises on her back and a broken right arm. He had been beating her for several days, according to authorities.

A police search of the house turned up 7.7 grams of various drugs, a pistol, 14 bullets, two knives, and evidence that pointed to domestic violence.

Despite legal protection on paper, violence against children remains widespread in Vietnam.

Official data since 2015 shows an average five children were sexually or physically abused every day.

UPDATE: The father was arrested almost a week later on Friday morning, while hiding in Hanoi. He is facing criminal charges for abusing his child, storing drugs and fighting officials on duty.

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