Paedophilia cases spark social media outcry in Vietnam Mar 24, 2017 0 210 12345 AFPHanoiVietnamese cops took three months to respond seriously to allegations that an eight-year-old girl had been molested, but then outrage spilled onto Facebook and they made an arrest in days -- a rare win for public opinion in the communist country.The girl was sexually abused by a family friend near her aunt's house in Hanoi in January, but the complaint by her enraged mother fell on deaf ears.That was until the news spun out onto social media with Facebookers demanding to know why pleas for legal action went unanswered.Suddenly last week, a deputy prime minister called on police to take the case seriously and the suspect was arrested -- offering a window into how the wheels of justice turn in Vietnam.But the ordeal is not over for the young victim who still wails in her sleep, according to her distraught mother Nga."Doctors said my daughter's genitals were hurt... they said there were signs of sexual violence," said Nga, whose name has been changed to protect the victim's identity."I never thought it could happened to my girl. It's been heartbreaking seeing her cry in her sleep, still in so much fear."With no independent media in Vietnam, many people turn to social media to share public opinion. But even popular sites like Facebook are closely monitored by communist authorities, ready to jail anyone veering too far into territory deemed incendiary.Last week's Facebook furore prompted a different kind of reaction from officials in a country that has made the headlines for paedophilia before. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Singapore's PM urges respect for international law in S China sea row Mar 24, 2017 0 24 Mulls to impose martial law, suspend local polls Mar 24, 2017 0 23 Thailand seeks new abbot for scandal-hit Buddhist temple Mar 24, 2017 0 23 Philippine militants take two cargo ship crew captive as troops rescue Malaysians REUTERS MANILA Philippine militants took two crew captive from a cargo ship on Thursday, only hours after soldiers rescued two Malaysians held for about eight months on a southern island, officials said. The vessel was .. Indonesian police kill suspected extremist, detain three REUTERS JAKARTA Indonesian police killed a suspected radical and detained three on Thursday during a counter-terrorism operation in an industrial area just hours away from the capital Jakarta. Indonesia has the .. Trust China won't build on shoal: Duterte MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he trusted China would not build anything on a disputed South China Sea shoal because he was given its"word of honour" and Beijing would not want to jeopardise .. Warns EU on death penalty Manila Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday warned the European Union to stop pressuring South-East Asian countries over the death penalty, threatening to"hang all of you." Duterte noted that most member ..