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WAWIBF: Nguyen Thi Thu H

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Particularly if the woman in question is armed with a pair of scissors.

2 November 2003

This story seems to have first found its legs on Tuesday morning on a website called http://www.news24.com. From there it found its way onto Sky News and of course, Ananova, who, frankly speaking, will print any old rubbish, just so long as there’s a mutilated genital involved. But just because people are repeating it doesn’t mean it’s true. And just because it may not be true, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be repeated. Heck, we may even have made it up ourselves. Doesn’t matter. It is a cautionary tale. And it needs to be heard.

How many men do you suppose have their penises hacked off by their wives or girlfriends every year? And how many of those men kind of had it coming? This philandering swine certainly did. Apparently, when his wife, the Vietnamese woman with the spectacular name above, refused to buy him more wine because he was already steaming drunk, he slapped her and threatened to divorce her. Then he made the mistake of falling asleep, whereupon Mrs H took a pair of scissors to him. At her trial she explained that his unfaithfulness had caused her untold suffering. Not to mention his boozing and beating.

And this week it was revealed that Mrs H has not received a custodial sentence for castrating her husband. Instead a mere 20-month suspended sentence. The official reason for such lenience is that Mrs H is now seven months pregnant. But perhaps there is a little more to it than that. Perhaps the sentencing is a reflection of a new zero-tolerance approach to drunken philandering wife-beaters. Perhaps the message to oppressed women everywhere is this: emasculate! Emasculate without fear of reprisal! Or then again, maybe the people who made the story up just couldn't think of a decent ending. They’d probably spent too much mental energy deciding to set the trial in Lam Dong.

The sillies.



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