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Woman Slapped and Forced into Car Trunk at Hebei Gas Station

Shocking footage that is making its round on China’s social media shows how a woman is beaten and forced into a car trunk at a gas station in Hebei. Weibo netizens are appalled with the incident and how it was dealt with – blaming existing traditional ideas on domestic violence being a private matter.

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Shocking footage that is making its rounds on China’s social media shows how a woman is beaten and forced into a car trunk at a gas station in Hebei. Weibo netizens are appalled with the incident and how it was dealt with – blaming existing traditional ideas on domestic violence being a ‘private matter’.

A Cangzhou regional Weibo media page (@沧州这点事儿) released a short video on June 9 on its social media channel that shows how a woman is forced into a car trunk by a man while bystanders are watching and filming the incident. The violent episode allegedly took place in China’s Cangzhou city (沧州) in Hebei province.

Although bystanders yell “don’t hit her”, the man continues to slap the woman and to force her into the trunk. He then shuts the trunk with force, while her hand is caught in between. The man then stands around for a bit before he returns to the driver’s seat. According to Cangzhou’s regional Weibo channel, the man then drove off.

The video has been shared hundreds of times on Chinese social media, with many netizens responding with shock and anger. “What is a woman’s worth? She is treated like a commodity”, one netizen says. “The man on the side does not prevent this from happening!” another Weibo user comments.

“AZ550 is his number plate,” one netizen responds: “Oh, China’s traditional concepts! Well, now the law has decided that violence between a husband and wife is illegal. And everyone should know this. However, under these circumstances, the woman should’ve called for help and should’ve pointed out a specific person to call the police. Just resisting without saying a single word is not helpful.”

“My heart feels heavy,” another person responds: “It seems like all people can do when faced with these sort of incidents is just to film it.”

“No matter if these people are husband and wife, under such circumstances, people should call the police no matter what, and definitely don’t let the car drive off. It is up to the police to find out the truth behind this matter,” one netizen writes.

Amongst the many things that netizens are questioning about this incident are (1) why the woman did not cry for help, (2) why the bystanders did not take more action, and (3) where the police were in this matter.

Traditional ideas about domestic violence being a “private matter” are also mentioned in this matter. Earlier this year, China launched its first law against domestic violence. As Li Mingshun, Party secretary and deputy president of China Women’s University, was quoted by China.org: “The ancient social orders that took family as a haven excluded from legal penalties no longer apply to a society which is governed by law and seeks to ensure equality and democracy to all of its citizens.”

But although domestic abuse has now become illegal by law, many say the punishment of those who break the law is still too light, which still makes domestic violence a big problem in China.

According to state media estimation, one in four married women in China have experienced some form of domestic violence, although the real figure may be much higher, since many women do not report cases of abuse. Due to the new law, victims of domestic abuse can go to court to seek a restraining order, which could potentially force the abuser out of the home. But critics say the legislation still doesn’t go far enough. “Getting a marriage certificate is like a no-guilty-medal, it lets you get away with anything,” one netizen remarks.

For now, China’s official media report that any further details of this story are yet “unknown”.

For update June 10, see: Woman Forced into Trunk of Car: “I Won’t Press Charges”

– By Manya Koetse

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Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, popular culture, and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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One Dead, 17 Injured in Guangxi Kindergarten Knife Attack

News of a brutal kindergarten attack in Guangxi has shocked Chinese netizens.

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A brutal attack on a kindergarten in the city of Beiliu, Guangxi Province, has left at least one dead and 17 people injured. (Update April 29: Two victims have now passed away due to the attack.)

The incident occurred on the afternoon of April 28, when a man stormed into the school with a knife and started stabbing the pupils and teaching staff. The man attacked at least 16 children and 2 teachers. Blurred videos of the scene showed injured children in the playground area, some sitting up and some lying on the floor.

The 25-year-old man from Guangxi’s Guannan village was arrested shortly after the attack and his motives remain unknown at this time. One video on Weibo shows the man being taken away by police. Some online rumors (unconfirmed) suggested the man was going through a divorce and that his wife works at the kindergarten.

Local authorities in Beiliu and Yulin are calling on people to donate blood while the hospital is treating those who were injured in the attack. Images shared on Weibo showed people lining up to donate blood.

In June of 2020, a similar kindergarten attack left 39 children and staff injured.

On Weibo, the incident has become a trending topic, with many people expressing anger and sorrow over the attack.

“Is this another ‘mental disorder’ [case]?” (“又是精神病?”) many commenters write.

“This news really breaks my heart. Those poor children have done nothing wrong, they are innocent,” one person writes. Many others write that they hope the man will be severely punished. “He should be executed on the spot,” some say, with others writing: “Having a mental disorder is not an excuse.”

By Manya Koetse

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Delivery Man in Anhui Run Over by Ambulance Sent to Rescue Him

From bad to worse: this Eleme delivery man was run over by an ambulance after being hit by an SUV.

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On April 12, a delivery man in the city of Bozhou, Anhui province, was run over by an ambulance arriving at the scene of an accident where he had just been injured.

Shocking footage circulating on Chinese social media shows the delivery man lying in the middle of the road when the ambulance arrives and runs over his leg. The incident happened around 12:00 in the afternoon (link to video, viewer discretion advised).

While the delivery man already suffered injuries because he was hit by an SUV shortly before, things quickly went from bad to worse when the ambulance that was supposed to come to his rescue crushed his leg. The man is currently undergoing treatment at a local hospital in Mengcheng county.

Statement on Weibo by the official Mengcheng county account (@蒙城发布).

According to recent news reports, the ambulance driver has currently been suspended and is under investigation.

The incident received a lot of attention on Weibo today, where the hashtag page discussing the double accident received over 150 million views (#外卖员被救护车二次碾压#).

Many comments relating to this incident are focused on the role of the traffic police at the scene of the accident, with people wondering why there was no guard standing next to the victim.

Thousands of commenters also address how sorry they feel for the victim, especially because the lives of many food delivery drivers – facing long working hours and low wages – is already tough enough.

According to Toutiao News (头条新闻), the delivery man works for Chinese food delivery giant Eleme. Wang Gang (王刚, alias) is approximately 30 years old and has a wife and a child. He had only been working for Eleme for a few months and reportedly did not have any prior accidents.

In Monday’s double accident, Wang suffered a mild skull fracture, seven broken ribs, and a fractured lower leg. He is in stable condition.

By Manya Koetse

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