PETALING JAYA: Police last night questioned a woman who chained her eight-year-old daughter’s leg to a lamp post at Bandar Sunway after the child allegedly refused to go to school.
The Star Online quoted Subang Jaya police chief ACP Mohammad Azlin Sadari who said they were alerted of the incident at the Lagoon Perdana apartment and when his men arrived at the scene, a crowd had already gathered around the girl.
About 10 minutes later, the mother came and admitted chaining the girl as “punishment” as she often refused to go to school.
Police took both mum and daughter to the Subang Jaya police headquarters for questioning before releasing the 30-year-old woman.
This is the first time the girl had been punished in such a harsh manner and police are probing the case for neglect and exposing the child to physical injury, said the report.
Photographs of the girl standing in school uniform, with her right leg chained and secured to the lamp post with two padlocks, went viral on Facebook yesterday evening with netizens slamming the mother.
There were also those who condemned fellow Facebook users for causing the girl “more trauma” by circulating her pictures.
Her school bag and water bottle can be seen lying on the ground beside her. It is not known how long the girl had been chained up.
This is not the first case of “tough love” the country has seen.
Back in May, a boy, also 8, was stripped naked and chained to a stairway of a flat in George Town, Penang, for five hours by his father for misbehaving.
The father was released after being questioned by police.