A South Korean man arrested for assaulting his Vietnamese wife for more than three hours defended his actions by claiming that “other men are the same.”
The incident, caught in a graphic and now-viral video, occurred in the couple’s home in Yeongnam, Jeolla province on the evening of July 4.
In the video, the suspect, surnamed Kim, is seen slapping, punching and kicking his wife repeatedly in the presence of their 2-year-old son.
“Didn’t I tell you that you’re not in Vietnam?” Kim yells at his wife, who crouches in a corner.
Kim, 36, was arrested without warrant on charges of assault and child abuse on July 6.
According to the Korea Herald, an acquaintance of the victim — who is also Vietnamese — reported the incident to authorities, claiming that Kim assaulted his wife “because she did not speak fluent Korean.”
“Things began weighing on my mind since (my wife and I) speak different languages, and so we think differently,” Kim told the press on July 8. “But I believe other men are the same.”
The suspect told police that he was drunk at the time of the incident.
Additionally, he argued that his wife “stopped being obedient after (he and his wife) registered their marriage.”
The incident, which shed light on the horrors faced by migrant women, shook both South Korea and Vietnam.
It also prompted the Korean Supreme Court to ease requirements for foreign wives to stay in the country even after getting a divorce, according to the Korea Times.
The victim, 30, met Kim while working at a factory in Yeongnam. She returned to Vietnam in 2016 after Kim asked her to get an abortion.
In April, she came back to Korea with her son, whom a DNA test confirmed to be Kim’s child. The three have since lived together.
The victim and her child were reportedly moved to a local shelter following the assault. She also received treatment for rib fractures at a hospital.