A 30 year old mother, who had chained her daughter’s leg to a lamp post at Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya was picked up for questioning yesterday evening.
Images of her eight year old daughter clad in school uniform with her right leg chained had gone viral in social media networks.
Subang Jaya district police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohammad Azlin Sadari, when contacted, said police were alerted by the residents about the incident at the Lagoon Perdana apartment at Bandar Sunway about 6.35pm on Wednesday.
“When our men arrived at the scene, a group of people had already gathered around the girl who was chained to a pole,” he said.
The mother who arrived about ten minutes later, admitted chaining her daughter.
Police then advised the mother to release her daughter who was chained as punishment as she often refused to go to school.
He added that both mother and daughter were brought to the Subang Jaya district police headquarters for questioning.
ACP Azlin said that it was the first time the girl was chained and police later released the woman and girl yesterday night.
He added police were investigating the case under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001 for neglect and exposure of a child to physical injury.
Netizens were quick to condemn the act in social media networks, with many of them blaming the girl’s parents for resorting to such measures to punish their child.
However, there were those who defended the mother’s action as “tough love”, but disagreed with such public punishment.