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.

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