Schoolgirl chained to lamp post
> Eight-year-old punished by mother for refusing to go to class
PETALING JAYA: For refusing to go to school, an eight-year-old girl was allegedly punished by her mother who chained the pupil’s leg to a lamp post at an apartment on Jalan PJS9/1, Bandar Sunway here on Wednesday.
The girl, who attends a vernacular school, was clad in her pinafore uniform with her school bag next to her when she was spotted by other residents of the Lagoon Perdana apartments at about 6.15pm.
Several residents went over to check on the Year Two pupil and found a padlocked thick industrial link chain attached to her leg and a lamp post at a playground. A resident called the police soon after.
Subang Jaya police chief ACP Mohd Azlin Sadari said after police patrolmen arrived at the scene, the girl’s 30-year-old mother showed up 10 minutes later and admitted that she was responsible for binding her child’s leg to the lamp post.
“She told police that her daughter had often refused to go to school and this led to the woman to resort to meting out the punishment. The policemen ordered her to hand over the key to the padlock before freeing the girl,” he said.
Mohd Azlin said they were taken to the Subang Jaya district police headquarters for investigations.
He said police learnt that the girl had no past history of being abused and it was the first time her mother had resorted to such a punishment.
Mohd Azlin said police freed the mother and returned the child to her.
He said the mother is being probed for endangering a child’s safety.
The Year Two pupil was left shackled at an apartment complex in Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya on Wednesday.