Government raises voice over ethnic boy student abuse case
  • |, NLD | December 19, 2018 04:21 PM
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has instructed the Ministry of Education and Training and other related agencies to strictly deal with a case in which the headmaster of an ethnic minority boarding school in Phu Tho Province was accused of molesting many boy students.

Dinh Bang My, 59, headmaster of Thanh Son Ethnic Minority Boarding Secondary School, has just been arrested and prosecuted for sexually abusing some grade 7, 8 and 9 pupils. 


Dinh Bang My, headmaster of Thanh Son Ethnic Minority Boarding Secondary School

According to the victims, they were summoned to the principal’s office and sexually abused. The boys were then given sweets and VND20,000 (USD0.86) to VND30,000 (USD1.29) afterwards.

The students, however, did not tell anybody about the incidents due to fear of being expelled.

The case was only brought to light recently when a victim shared his story with a reporter from Vietnam Television.

Under the government’s instruction signed by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, such teachers must be sacked out of the education sector.

The deputy PM also ordered the Ministry of Education and Training, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs along with authorities of localities nationwide to tighten the code of ethics. Any violator will be strictly punished.

Lawyer Tran Xuan Tien, head of Dong Doi Law Firm, said that under the Article 146 of the Penal Code, molesting people under 16 years old may face the sentence of from six months to three years in prison.

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