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Netizens Outraged: Woman On Motorcycle Deliberately Drives Over Child’s Leg

What on earth moved a Guangdong woman to purposely drive over the legs of a 5-year-old child? It is the question on the minds of many netizens after shocking footage of the scene leaked on Chinese social media.

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What on earth moved a Guangdong woman to deliberately drive over the legs of a 5-year-old child? It is the question on the minds of many netizens after footage of the shocking scene leaked on Chinese social media.

A shocking video that was recently exposed on Chinese social media shows how a woman on a motorcycle drives over the legs of a 5-year-old child. The incident captured on camera in an alley reportedly occurred in the city of Yangjiang in Guangdong.

The beginning of the 40-second Miaopai video shows how a young girl drags away another child that is lying on the ground dressed in green pants.

Screenshot, image via Shanghai Daily.

Screenshot, image via Shanghai Daily.

From a short distance, a woman yells at them and then starts her motorcycle and drives over the legs of the crying child. The woman also holds another small child on her motorcycle. It is yet unknown what relation the woman has to the children.

The incident was reported by different Chinese news outlets on January 3 and soon became a trending topic on Weibo. Chinese web users collectively expressed deep indignation and repulsion regarding the video.

According to different sources, it has not been confirmed how the child is currently doing and to what extent the legs are injured. Many media reports write that the young victim is a girl, according to others it concerns a 5-year-old boy.

The woman has now been tracked down by police and has been taken into custody for further investigation.

On Sina Weibo, netizens are outraged. “This is just inhumane”, many netizens say: “This woman deserves to be beaten to death.”

“Calling the police doesn’t help, all they’ll do is give some talk,” another person writes: “I feel so sorry for this suffering child.”

Many people direct their anger at the police, expressing their concerns that police does not do not act out enough against child abuse.

It is not the first time Chinese netizens voice their concern over the protection of minors. Cases of domestic violence are commonplace, as parents often do not regard beating their own child as a violation of law.

In November 2014, the Chinese government issued the draft of the first anti-domestic violence law, which was passed a little over a year ago.

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Pet Hotels are Booming Business in Beijing

Chinese pet lovers are willing to pay up to 900 RMB (±136$) per night to give their pet a comfortable stay at one of Beijing’s ‘pet hotels’ (宠物酒店).

Qing Yan

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The success of luxurious pet lodging in Beijing has become especially apparent over the past October holiday. Chinese animal lovers are willing to pay up to 900 RMB (±136$) per night to give their pet the time of their lives while they are out of town.

For loving pet owners, before heading out on a holiday, finding a trustworthy pet lodge is often just as important as finding a comfortable hotel for themselves. And nowadays, both should be booked as early as possible during a holiday season.

In Beijing, the booming business of pet lodging was especially noticeable during the Golden Week holiday. Various Chinese media reported that pet hotels in Beijing have become so popular that they were already fully booked a month before the holiday started.

This is also what Zhang Wen, a local pet lodge owner, told Beijing Youth Daily (@北京青年报). He and his colleagues are specialized in tending to every possible need of Beijing’s household pets while their families are taking a holiday.

Some pet hotels now charge as high as 900 RMB (±136$) per day to lodge a pet. The pet lodging business is quickly expanding across Beijing. Some local residents now also improvise lodging facilities in their private homes, asking approximately 30-50 RMB (±5-8$) per day.

With a growing demand for comfortable lodges for family pets, Beijing’s ‘pet hotels’ are increasingly competitive. Some offer private rooms for dogs and assign a member of staff for every pet to look after its diet, sanitation, cleaning, and exercise.

Some pet hotels are even equipped with sporting, beauty, bathing, and water purification facilities, resembling a five-star hotel. Non-traditional pets such as spiders and lizards are also welcome, as long as their owners clarify their routines in advance.

Criticism on luxurious pet hotels

On Weibo, the topic “Luxurious Pet Hotel Charges 900 RMB Per Day” (#豪华宠物酒店900一天#) received some 15 million views this October.

The news, which was first reported by Beijing Youth Daily, stirred discussions on social media. Although many people find the pet hotels cute or funny, there are also many who comment that this kind of extravagance for pets painfully points out the rich-poor divide in China.

“Dogs are living a better life than us humans now,” some said: “I can’t even stay at a hotel that is this expensive.”

One netizen sarcastically commented: “If you can’t afford housing in Beijing, just go and become a pet to someone here.”

Some even find the boom in luxurious pet hotels a worrying trend, saying “this will intensify the social conflicts.”

Besides the extravagant pet spoiling, there are also other reasons why netizens criticize the spread of fancy pet lodging. On social media, questions over epidemic issues are also surfacing.

Some companies that were interviewed by Chinese media failed to show any credentials for providing lodging services and had no in-house veterinary to offer health examinations for the pets taken in; China currently does not have a specific national legal framework nor corresponding regulatory measures for qualified pet lodgings.

By Qing Yan

Edited by Manya Koetse.
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China’s ‘Wedding of the Year’ Is the Talk of the Day on Weibo

This rich second generation “fu’erdai” couple just celebrated China’s wedding of the year in Wenzhou.

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Although many still think of Angelababy and Huang Xiaoming when talking about ‘China’s biggest wedding’, this fu’erdai couple have just celebrated a wedding that is even more extravagant.

See our latest Weivlog on this Wenzhou wedding of the year, which became one of top trending topics on Weibo on October 11, here:

By Manya Koetse

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