Abrar Ifaz

Research Officer, Dismislab
The horrifying child abuse video originates from Vietnam, not Bangladesh
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The horrifying child abuse video originates from Vietnam, not Bangladesh

Abrar Ifaz

Research Officer, Dismislab

A video depicting a person severely beating a child has recently emerged on Facebook. It’s being widely shared across various pages, groups, and profiles in Bangladesh, leading to confusion that it occurred here. However, upon verification, it’s been confirmed that the incident actually happened in Vietnam.

The video was shared from a page called Priyo Bangladesh with a caption expressing shock and dismay at the brutality depicted: “I saw it on social media, many people claimed that the man is the child’s father. My heart was tearing up watching the video! How can a man beat his child like this? Ah! Can all the people be counted as Ashraful Makhlukat (translated into: the best of all creation)?” The video appears to have been edited, with the name of the Facebook page ‘Priyo Bangladesh’ overlaid on it, giving the impression that the incident occurred in Bangladesh. It’s also being shared in various other Facebook groups and profiles (1, 2, 3) further perpetuating the misconception of its location.

When Dismislab checked the video, it found an article from a Vietnamese online news source called Nguoid Dua Tin. The headline of the article from March 15th reads, “Consecutive cases of child abuse: Children are susceptible to mental disorders, need to be handled seriously!” This news report includes the recent viral video scene from Bangladesh. According to local media in Vietnam, the incident reportedly took place in the country’s Binh Phuoc province. The perpetrator, Le Duc Thang, who tortured his stepson, was reportedly intoxicated.

In the comments section beneath the Priyo Bangladesh page post, several Facebook users demanded that the perpetrator be brought to justice. The absence of information regarding the incident’s time and location in the video may have confused viewers.

Verification confirmed that the child abuse scene, also featured in Vietnamese media, was indeed filmed in that country. In the past, instances have arisen where people became confused due to the absence of specific details such as the place, time, and subject of the news or information. For example, in India, there was an incident where teachers were prohibited from wearing jeans and t-shirts. However, the headlines of some Bangladeshi media outlets did not specify the location, leading to confusion among people.
Similarly, because the Facebook post did not provide specific details, many mistakenly believed that the incident involving the marriage of a 13-year-old boy had occurred in Bangladesh, when it actually took place in Pakistan.