4:55 pm - 07/07/2019

[TW] Korean Man Arrested For Abusing His Vietnamese Wife

A 36-year-old South Korean man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of assaulting his wife and abusing their toddler son, police said Sunday.

According to the police, the man accused of assaulting his wife, 30, for over three hours starting Thursday at 9 p.m. in the presence of their child. The victim came to Korea from Vietnam as a marriage migrant.

A video of the physical and verbal assault, which took place at the couple’s home in Yeongam, South Jeolla Province, was posted on social media Saturday morning, leading to public outrage. Facebook has since added a warning label to the video for its violent content.

A video of the physical and verbal assault, which took place at the couple’s home in Yeongam, South Jeolla Province, was posted on social media Saturday morning, leading to public outrage. Facebook has since added a warning label to the video for its violent content.

The video shows the man slapping the woman in the face, kicking her and then repeatedly punching her in the head and the stomach as she crouches in a corner. Their 2-year-old is seen crying next to his mother and eventually running away as the beating escalates.

“Didn’t I tell you that you are not in Vietnam?” the man yells in the video.

Yeongam Police Station said the victim and child were moved to a local women’s shelter for protection after a report was filed Friday at 8:07 a.m. The victim’s acquaintance, also Vietnamese, who reported the case to police, said the suspect assaulted his wife “because she did not speak fluent Korean.” Police identified the suspect’s location and arrested him Saturday at around 5 p.m.

The victim is receiving medical treatment for rib fractures at a hospital. The Women Migrants Human Rights Center of Korea said Friday the center is offering support to the victim.

In the investigation that followed, the suspect told police he was drunk at the time of the incident, according to police. The police said he was arrested without a warrant due to the possibility of a retaliatory offense.

An official at the Vietnamese Women’s Union in South Korea told The Korea Herald, “The perpetrators of domestic violence against migrant women in Korea seldom face punishment,” which is why “the victims of abuse by spouse usually seek help from women’s rights organizations or multicultural family support centers rather than taking legal steps.”

“It’s not just Vietnamese women. (Spousal abuse) happens to marriage migrant women of all nationalities,” the official said. “We hope the law here will punish the abusive husbands more severely.”

The official added that the victim is afraid her family in Vietnam will learn of what happened as the video is widely shared across social media.

Source: Korea Herald
modestgoddess79 7th-Jul-2019 09:32 pm (UTC)
Well he claims he was drunk during the 3 hour assault so he will probably be given a gold star and told to go about his business. /sarcasm

He needs to go to jail and I hope the woman and child are receive the support they need.

Edited at 2019-07-07 09:32 pm (UTC)
jasmineakaiumi 7th-Jul-2019 09:33 pm (UTC)
mte, the fact he went to that excuse immediately, knowing fully well that's the best way to get out of a crime there, is so telling.
goshipgurl 7th-Jul-2019 11:32 pm (UTC)
I hate that alcohol and drugs gives you a lighter sentence. I don't care if you were intoxicated or high while committing a crime, you should face the same punishment as everybody else.
lydzi 8th-Jul-2019 06:07 am (UTC)
Imo it mâakes things even worse because if he's a drunk... But ia, let's watch the judges going all "he wasn't himself, it's not his fault, poor man"
jasmineakaiumi 7th-Jul-2019 09:33 pm (UTC)
wasn't the govt pushing for more migrant wives in order to tackle the low birth rate issue?
there are SO many factors in that decision that put the men married to these poor women in such high positions of power that I imagine it very rarely works out well for the women on any level...
scionofawhisper 7th-Jul-2019 10:23 pm (UTC)
I remember reading about a situation in China - where there is an overload of men because of their 1 chlid policy and favouring males over females - that a man just kept his wife (that he got from overseas) in a room and forced her to have sex with him 3 times a day and shitty stuff like that. It's awful what some women gotta go through at the hands of men.
jasmineakaiumi 7th-Jul-2019 10:33 pm (UTC)
that sounds AWFUL and I hope she was able to get out of that situation!!!
lizanka23 7th-Jul-2019 11:11 pm (UTC)
yeah there was an article about it on here


the local governments of different counties subsidize these marriages and basically give a financial incentive for them to stay in that county or the subsidy will be taken away if the couple divorces or moves away. a big percentage like over 40% of these "mail order" brides report domestic abuse. it's like the government thinks these men are entitled to wives even if the female population isn't big enough in the rural areas. one user in that post gave good solutions like giving money to women so they can have their own farms or creating education incentives that would empower women in rural areas, so they would feel like staying.

Edited at 2019-07-07 11:14 pm (UTC)
lydzi 8th-Jul-2019 06:15 am (UTC)
Men are a mistake and we're all starting to see it and act on it so of course, they are searching for women who have less choices/who need papers etc. The all process is disgusting and frankly, it's a new kind of 'tolerated' slavery.
jasmineakaiumi 8th-Jul-2019 05:52 pm (UTC)

there's so much "modern slavery" hidden in plain sight tbh
goshipgurl 7th-Jul-2019 11:35 pm (UTC)
Buying a wife from abroad (from those agencies) is just another form of human trafficking and it's disgusting that it's legal.

Fuck the guy
chikage_chan 8th-Jul-2019 02:39 am (UTC)
This. They used the term “marriage migrant” and I was like “look at that, what a disgusting euphemism to talk about human trafficking!”
lydzi 8th-Jul-2019 06:20 am (UTC)
modestgoddess79 8th-Jul-2019 04:06 pm (UTC)
These are sex slaves. They care nothing about the well being of these women.
frequency 8th-Jul-2019 01:31 am (UTC)
since he's claiming that he was ~drunk~ he'll probably get probation or some shit. trash.
921227 8th-Jul-2019 01:38 am (UTC)
I hope she gets the support and help she needs. It's unlikely anything big will happen to the POS husband which is infuriating.

ostsiberia 8th-Jul-2019 04:57 am (UTC)
I'm extra bothered by this story today because recently I've seen one too many Korean guys cry 'reverse sexism!'

On another note, I hope divorce will become less stigmatized for women in Korea so more women in general can leave terrible marriages.
mallmouse 8th-Jul-2019 07:14 am (UTC)
1. So if they're drunk they have an excuse for a LIGHTER sentence?? Wtf? I don't know if that's the case in the West as well, but considering the fucked up male dominated world we live in I wouldn't be surprised if the same laws apply everywhere.

2. Again, one would think that places with a shortage of women (see the China example in a comment above) would have men treating women like princesses, but apparently men are disgusting even then.
ostsiberia 8th-Jul-2019 02:03 pm (UTC)
The women shortage is so severe in some provinces, there have been an increasing number of cases of young girls (think toddlers) being kidnapped to become wifes later on.
modestgoddess79 8th-Jul-2019 04:07 pm (UTC)
Sex slaves
juhli 9th-Jul-2019 08:44 pm (UTC)
wtf, that's horrifying.
juhli 8th-Jul-2019 10:10 am (UTC)
i came across the vid and the way she waited him out till he had enough of beating her, then stood up and went straight to comforting their child was so sad to see.
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