A shocking picture of a young girl tied with metal chain to a large lamp post has surfaced online. Reports say that the girl was tied by her cruel mother for skipping school without permission.
The girl, in her school uniform, was spotted in the car park in front of her apartment building with a chain hooked around her ankle.
It is being reported that the girl is eight years old and the incident happened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday afternoon.
Horrified onlookers heard the girl crying in the car park outside the family's apartment and they tried to free her but the thick chain had been secured with two padlocks - leaving the youngster stuck for about an hour before police arrived.
She told cops that her mother had punished her because she failed to attend Mandarin classes at school.
The girl had been locked up for around an hour before neighbours called police, who arrived around ten minutes later and tracked down the mum to a nearby flat.
The unemployed woman was taken in for questioning and later released.
Mohammad Azlin Sadari from Subang Jaya district police said: "We received a call from a man informing us of an eight-year-old Indian girl with her leg chained.
"The DCC then instructed the motorcycle patrolling unit to go to Lagoon Perdana Apartment in Bandar Sunway.
"Residents claim that the action was done by the family as punishment after the student did not attend Mandarin class.
"We have been asked to investigate further to make sure that the root cause of the action is looked into. The Deputy Chief of the police area confirmed the reports and circumstances surrounding the incident."