Motorbike taxi driver Sok Thoeun wanted to “teach his 13-year-old son a lesson” after spotting him in an internet cafe in the northern Cambodia town of Battambang playing online games when he should have been in class.
40 year old Mr Thoeun was so outraged he decided to “teach his son a lesson” by publicly humiliating him by chaining him by the neck to a thick wooden powerline pole.
Mr Thoeun, who also beat his son, is now wanted on child abuse charges. Cops there say he remains on the run.
Just FYI, Cambodia’s Internet usage rate is among the lowest in southeast Asia, with less than 1.5% of its 14 million people listed as Internet subscribers in 2010, according to government statistics.
But as more Internet cafes have sprung up in urban areas in recent years, the popularity of online gaming has soared among the country’s teenagers, most of whom have no Internet access at home.