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This is the moment a South Korean man punches and kicks his Vietnamese wife in front of their 2-year-old after she reportedly cooked her national cuisine instead of his for dinner.
He also allegedly battered her for not learning to speak Korean quickly enough in the clip which has since sparked a police probe.
The video which has gone viral this week reportedly shows the married pair at their home in the city of Yeongnam, located in South Korea’s South Jeolla Province at the end of last week. In the shocking footage, the man can be seen kicking, slapping and even punching his wife in the head and stomach as she cowers in the corner of a room.
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The traumatised child reportedly aged 2 was seen crying next to his mother and then running away in fear himself as the violence escalated. The ordeal reportedly lasted more than three hours with nobody apparently hearing the screams or alerting police.
Two days later when the video went viral, the husband, 36-year-old South Korean man, was arrested and tried to defend his actions by saying he was drunk at the time.
His wife, a 30-year-old from Vietnam who moved to the country after getting married, was apparently being beaten because she had served up a Vietnamese meal instead of more traditional South Korean fare.
In the video he can be heard saying: “Have I not told you repeatedly that I don’t want you cooking Vietnamese food?” He then adds angrily: “We are not living in Vietnam.”
He had also been angry that she had not been learning to speak Korean quickly enough.
Wife and child are now in a local women’s shelter after she was treated at a local hospital for fractured ribs and bruising.
South Korean police chief Min Gap Ryong pledged a thorough investigation saying: “It is very regrettable that a Vietnamese marriage migrant woman has recently been victimized by domestic violence. I promise a thorough investigation and rehabilitation for the victim. (sic)”
Some 40,000 Vietnamese women have moved to South Korea to become wives, making up some 73 percent of the foreign women who have married local men, according to a report from last year’s Ministry of Gender Equality and Family survey.
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