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Mother Of Rape Victim Sent To Labor Camp For Protesting Too Much



YONGZHOU - Six years ago an 11-year-old girl was raped and forced into prostitution in Yongzhou, Hunan province. It took three months for the victim’s mother to rescue her. After three judgments, the Hunan Provincial Higher People's Court has given a final verdict on the seven accused, among which Qin Xing and Zhou Junhui were sentenced to death and five others were sentenced to life imprisonment, the China Times reported.

However, according to the China Times, the victim’s mother, Tang Hui (a pseudonym), was unhappy with the way law enforcement handled the case and repeatedly petitioned authorities about this. Last week, the Yongzhou Public Security decided to send her to a camp, to bereeducated through labor for “seriously disturbing institutional as well as social order.” The case has set off a public outcry and caused uproar on the Internet.

In 2006, Tang’s 11-year-old daughter Lele was raped and forced into prostitution by a gang for three months. When Tang finally managed to rescue her daughter and tried to resort to justice, the local police refused for two months to handle her complaint- they only did so when Tang Hui threatened to commit suicide.

Though the shocking case received a final ruling in June, Tang also wanted police officers on the case to be punished for their misconduct. She has repeatedly petitioned authorities on this point.

According to Caxin media, Tang Hui was sent to the Hunan Province Women's Forced Labor Camp to be reeducated for 18 months on the grounds that her complaints to various governmental institutions had “seriously disturbed the institutional as well as social order and this has resulted in an acute and bad social impact.”

Tang’s story caused a huge public outcry. Many people and scholars have expressed their concerns about the Yongzhou Public Security Bureau’s decision to detain her. Many internet users used their Weibo micro blogging accounts to demand Tang Hui’s immediate release.

Fan Zhongxin, a law professor at the Hangzhou Normal University, said in an interview with Caixin media that Tang Hui’s behavior was “the exercise of her legitimate rights.” The Yongzhou Public Security Bureau’s decision to send her to be reeducated, “has broken the bottom line of people's expectations of the rule of law and has subverted the conscience of the legal system in people’s mind.”

Fan Zhongxin also said that “China's reeducation through labor system is a typical draconian law.” The system “is regulated in the name of administrative punishment, but in essence it is exercised as a criminal penalty.”

“This process lacks of a formal trial procedure and normal access to a defense lawyer or legal aid. The police can directly decide to deprive citizens of their personal freedom. This is rare in the world,” added Fan Zhongxin.

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Such chilling figures are unprecedented in history. Many have suggested that this might be the result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but sadly, we can see depression has deeper causes, and the pandemic merely illustrated its complexity.

I have written before on possible links between severe depression and the time young people spend on social media. But this is just one aspect of the problem. Today, young people suffer frequent and intense emotional crises, and not just for all the hours spent staring at a screen. Another, possibly more important cause may lie in changes to the family composition and authority patterns at home.

Firstly: Families today have fewer members, who communicate less among themselves.

Young people marry at a later age, have fewer children and many opt for personal projects and pets instead of having children. Families are more diverse and flexible. In many countries, the number of children per woman is close to or less than one (Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong among others).

In Colombia, women have on average 1.9 children, compared to 7.6 in 1970. Worldwide, women aged 15 to 49 years have on average 2.4 children, or half the average figure for 1970. The changes are much more pronounced in cities and among middle and upper-income groups.

Of further concern today is the decline in communication time at home, notably between parents and children. This is difficult to quantify, but reasons may include fewer household members, pervasive use of screens, mothers going to work, microwave ovens that have eliminated family cooking and meals and, thanks to new technologies, an increase in time spent on work, even at home. Our society is addicted to work and devotes little time to minors.

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