By Hai Thu July 5, 2022 | 11:37 am GMT+7
A H’Mong ethnic girl standing next to a corn field in Meo Vac District, Ha Giang Province. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc ThanhGiang Thi Mai, an eighth grade student, remarried a week after escaping a marriage by abduction for fear of becoming a woman no one would marry.
On the morning of January 31, in a house surrounded by a peach garden in Ta De village in the northern Son La Province’s Van Ho District, the 14-year-old looked in the mirror, combed her long hair, put on lipstick, and then ventured out.
That day her cousin on the other side of the village was getting married, and Mai and a friend put on their best clothes and headed to the wedding.
While they were on the way they were stopped by seven young men on three motorcycles. The tallest person flirted with Mai and said: “You look stunning today. Want to go to Hang Kia Commune and hang with us?”
The friend sitting behind her was terrified and clinging to Mai’s shirt. Both of them stayed silent.
One of the motorbikes sped up and blocked the road, causing Mai and her friend to fall off their motorbike.