Woman's Rape Case Shows Pitfalls Of Chinese Justice
Victims of crime often find themselves petitioning for several years before any form of justice is made by government officials. Road blocks and intimidation are common tactics to dissuade victims from moving forward with their claims. McClatchy reports:
In March 1997, Jia Hongling was raped by a low-level manager of a mining company in Henan Province. The 28-year-old daughter of a farmer and a construction worker, Jia reported the sexual assault to the police in her hometown of Jiyuan in central China.
That July, the policeman assigned to investigate her allegations invited Jia to a room and then, with two men standing watch outside, raped her, according to Jia’s account.
It took Jia eight years of filing complaints in Jiyuan and making trips to Beijing to beg for justice before the first man was sentenced to five years in prison. The policeman in the second incident, however, was never brought to trial — despite a report from the Jiyuan prosecutor’s office saying there was “strong evidence” a rape had occurred.
Woman’s Rape Case Shows Pitfalls Of Chinese Justice. McClatchy