Police believe the three siblings ran away from home to escape the abuse at the hands of their mother.
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Three teenage boys ran away from home and were found beside a bridge along Jalan Kampung Tambun Tulang in Simpang Empat, Perlis, by a member of the public around midnight.
Two of them were disabled and are believed to be victims of domestic abuse, Free Malaysia Today reported. Police said all three boys looked fatigued when they were found with two of them with legs chained together.
According to reports, their 46-year-old mother has been arrested for alleged abuse. A 31-year-old man, who is not related to the family, was also arrested to help in investigations. They are remanded for seven days starting 25 March 2023.
Kangar district police chief Yusharifuddin Mohd Yusof said that both chained boys were identified as persons with disability (OKU) while the third boy was not chained and did not possess an OKU card.
He believed the trio are siblings aged 14 to 16. They allegedly ran away from home because they couldn’t take the abuse by their mother any longer.
He also believes their mother does not live with them but chained two boys up. Their mother admitted that she chained the boys’ legs due to their bad behaviour and claimed they were hard to control.
The boys were sent to Tuanku Fauziah Hospital, Kangar, for treatment and will be sent to the Perlis state welfare department.
The case is being investigated under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001.
The Education Ministry is also checking the status of the boys’ education to find out if they were still schooling.