Sunday 19 November 2017

Chinese officials 'sterilised' grieving mother in act of revenge

Malcolm Moore in Beijing

A 46-year-old Chinese woman who angered local government officials with her repeated protests has claimed she was tied down and forcibly sterilised in an act of revenge.

Mao Yuanchun, a farmer in the southern town of Huangqiao, Jiangxi province, had crossed her local Communist party by petitioning for justice after the death of her daughter.

Mrs Mao's younger daughter fell to her death from a fourth floor window during a fight with her boyfriend, who had been ordered to pay 40,000 yuan (€5,100) in compensation. "We wanted the court to jail him," she said.

Mrs Mao went to the county government and then to the provincial government to petition for the case to be reopened. Her husband made a second visit on March 12. She said: "On March 20, more than 20 men came to my house. I did not know them all."

The officials, including Luo Guoqing, the deputy Communist party secretary of the town, took her to a family planning clinic. She said: "then they said they were going to sterilise me."

Mrs Mao said her elder daughter was told the procedure would be halted if the family dropped their petitions. She declined the deal.

"Two men tied my feet and hands. They gave me an anaesthetic but it did not work, it did not last long and I was in pain," she said.

Attempts to contact Mr Luo for comment failed. Attempts to contact the family planning committee also failed. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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