PM Apologizes to Vietnamese Minister Over Battered Woman

  • By Roh Suk-jo, Gwak Rae-geon

    July 09, 2019 12:42

    Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon met with visiting Vietnamese Minister of Public Security Tô Lâm on Monday to apologize for the assault of a Vietnamese woman by her Korean husband.

    A viral video clip of the June 4 assault, secretly filmed by the wife, shows the husband beating her violently while their two-year-old son weeps.

    Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon (right) shakes hands with Vietnam's Minister of Public Security Tô Lâm at the government complex in Seoul on Monday. /Newsis

    "We will make our utmost efforts to protect the human rights of Vietnamese nationals living in Korea," Lee told Lâm.

    Lâm said "What happened is regrettable, but I thank the Korean government for handling the situation well."

    A man assaults his Vietnamese wife while their son weeps, in this video grab from YouTube.

    The husband (36) reportedly flew into a rage because his wife's Korean was not good enough. The 30-year-old woman sustained injuries requiring four weeks of treatment.

    He has since been arrested.

    Minister of Gender Equality and Family Jin Sun-mee visited the woman in hospital in Mokpo, South Jeolla Province and promised support for her treatment and recovery.

    The victim and her son will also be given counselling, free legal service and a nanny. "We will open additional counselling centers for migrant women who are victims of domestic violence across the country," Jin said.

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