PETALING JAYA: The mother of an eight-year-old girl who admitted chaining her daughter to a lamppost at their apartment block seeks forgiveness from the public for her actions.
"I admit I chained my daughter to the pole. Every time after school she doesn't come home so we have to go around looking for her. This has happened more than three times,” said the woman known as Lavanitha in a video.
In the video which was posted on Facebook by Siddhartha Kubason, Lavanitha appealed to the public and social media users to not further exploit the issue.
Lavanitha said everyone complained about the serious disciplinary issues of her daughter, from the school she went to, to even the tuition centre.
"Even the lady who provided transport services for her complained that she was very stubborn. So I had no other choice, I have even locked her up at home,” said Lavanitha.
She said her daughter would behave well for three or four months but the problems would recur.
"I thought publicly punishing her would be an effective method as she might be ashamed of her actions,” Lavanitha said, adding that she did not want to abuse her daughter.
Lavanitha also said speculation on social media has blown the matter out proportion.
"It is supposed to be a small family matter but now everyone has misunderstood the issue and are talking about it, affecting the relationship between my daughter and me.
"To make matters worse, government officials are coming to investigate," she said.
She said she was on bail and that her daughter was kept away from her, and Lavanitha complained that this was caused by interference from a third party.
"I admit my mistake and I apologise. Please do not exploit the issue further," she said.
A photo showing the leg of a primary school student chained to a lamppost at an apartment building went viral last Friday, prompting many Malaysians to take to social media to voice their outrage.
The mother and daughter were then brought to the Subang Jaya district police headquarters for questioning. - TheStar