Drive-by robbers succumb to women students
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Two weeks ago, two sisters Le Thi Van and Le Thi Be Vy in Thu Nghia District of the central province of Quang Ngai were riding their bicycle home from school. All of a sudden, two drive-by robbers on their motorbike behind passed the sisters and snatched their handbag.
After a moment of perplexity, Van and Vy pedaled home helplessly. Much to their surprise, they soon caught glimpse of the two handbag snatchers robbing another victim from afar.
“At the time, I was determined to capture the robbers,” Vy told reporters in an interview after the incident. “But we didn’t know how as we’re girls while they’re strong young men.”
Van and Vy hurriedly discussed the situation and an idea sprang up, making them to decide to act immediately. They pretended to repair their bicycle on the side of the road. Waiting for the two robbers to drive by, Van and Vy pushed their bike against the rushing motorbike. The two sisters’ attack was as unexpected to the two robbers as the snatch they gave to Van and Vy had been. As the robbers fell to the ground, Van and Vy’s cries for help attracted passers-by who helped arrest them.
Vy, a junior student at Quang Ngai University of Finance and Accounting, and Van, a freshman at Pham Van Dong University, are members of a local poor family having six brothers and sisters. After class, they help their parents with weaving sedge mats.
“We used to be afraid of robbers but we are no longer now,” said Vy. “We’re asking my parents for money so that we can repair our bike.”
A flirt turns unintentional murderer
In Vietnam, sexual harassment, especially that performed by men, is a common form of sexism. In the following case published by Phap luat TPHCM newspaper, a flirtation at first ended up being a controversial homicide.
Police files show that in the evening of December 29, a beautiful woman, just call her Hong, drove her motorbike out of house. Finding Hong so attractive, a man, call him Thang, then driving near her on the street, drew abreast of Hong to flirt with her. However, Hong gave no response at all. Frustrated, Thang decelerated to pull the only string that clung Hong’s robe to her shoulders. In panic about her sudden nakedness, Hong released the handlebar and her bike crashed into another vehicle. Hong died in hospital a few days later.
Thang was prosecuted but the local prosecution in HCMC was at a loss what to charge Thang with. Some argue that Thang shouldn’t be prosecuted for homicide because he had no intention to kill the victim initially, and Hong’s death was against his will. Thang should therefore be charged with unintentional killing, they say.
According to Phap luat TPHCM, Dinh Van Que, a former judge of the criminal court of the Supreme Court, says he disagrees with the argument that it is impossible to identify Thang’s crime. Que contends that based upon Item 1 of Article 10 of the Criminal Code, Thang has to be responsible for his criminal responsibility. The prosecution agency in charge should sue Thang to achieve justice, Que maintains.
Electronic fence expected to save wild elephants
The clashes—some were fatal—between the herd of wild elephants and local residents in Dong Nai Province may be avoided due to a new project recently endorsed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The VND9-billion project will help erect a 30-km electronic fence in forests in Phu Ly and Ma Da communes in the province. Powered by photovoltaic panels or 200V sources, the fence is capable of giving electrical shocks to elephants, which are strong enough to chase them away but will not kill them.
The 10-individual elephant herd in this area is on the verge of extinction as clashes between them and the locals have on the constant rise. Local residents’ crops and property have been destroyed by the elephants and since 2009, nine wild elephants have died. Most recently, a local resident fishing in the forest was killed by those elephants.