Vietnam PM demands probe of child killing self after rape accusation ignored


Updated : 04/15/2017 11:47 GMT + 7

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered an urgent investigation to be launched into the death of a teenage girl, who killed herself after no probe was conducted into her accusation of multiple rapes by a neighbor.

The premier has tasked the Ministry of Public Security with working with police in the southernmost province of Ca Mau to bring justice to the girl, 13-year-old H.M.K, the Government Office said in a statement on Friday.

The decision came after several media reports questioning the way Ca Mau police handled the alleged rape of K. in late 2016, according to the document.

In September 2016, the family of K. lodged a complaint to Ca Mau police, accusing a neighbor named B. of raping their daughter several times.

Police accepted the complaint but concluded in December the same year that no investigation would be launched into the alleged rape as there was no evidence, other than K.’s denouncement, that B. had raped the young girl.

On February 10, 2017, K. killed herself by taking various medicines, leaving a suicide note saying she “could not rest in peace so long as my case remains unresolved.”

In the two-page note, K. also recounted how she was lured and raped by the old neighbor, who often came to join her grandfather in drinking parties at her house.

K. had previously told her mother that she was too ashamed to continue living, upon learning that her alleged rape would not be investigated.

While the mother has since been in grave grief over her daughter’s death, the grandfather now regrets having not taken the girl’s words for serious consideration.

K. had repeatedly denounced B. in front of her grandpa whenever the men began a drinking party, only to be scolded for having improper behaviors with the elders.

PM Phuc has demanded that the public security ministry and Ca Mau administration task relevant agencies with speeding up investigation to handle into the case as per the law.

The premier also requested reviewing the responsibility of Ca Mau police for not starting an investigation into the alleged rape in the first place, leading to the victim’s suicide.

The said agencies are required to report to the premier by the end of this month.

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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