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Outrage over Shocking Video – Shaanxi Toddler Dies after Father Violently Throws Him Down

A short video shows how a drunken father slams his toddler son into the sofa.

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A shocking video that shows how a drunken father throws his toddler son down is triggering outrage and legal discussions on Chinese social media. (Warning – distressing content.)

A video that shows how a young child gets slammed on the sofa by his father twice, and then to falls the ground, is sparking outrage on Chinese social media, where the topic received over 630 million views on Weibo on Saturday.

The 2,5-year-old child from the northwestern Chinese province Shaanxi died after the violent actions by his drunken father. The incident occurred on August 19 in the city of Baoji.

A 7-second video of the moment of the violent outburst, captured by the mother, has spread all over Chinese social media. (Here is a link to the video by The Paper, and here is one where the child is blurred – warning for distressing content.)

Baoji authorities have stated that the incident took place after an altercation between the parents over the child’s upbringing. The child later passed away at the hospital.

The father, named Liu, has been taken into custody. The mother is receiving psychological counseling.

Some of the discussions on Weibo are about the question of whether or not the father intentionally killed his child. His sentence will depend on whether he is charged with purposely harming the toddler, or purposely causing death.

If he is sentenced for killing his son, he could face life imprisonment or even the death penalty.

An in-depth discussion of the matter was provided by lawyer blogger “Ding Dalong” (丁大龙), who analyzed the short video and thinks that although it is obvious that the father intentionally harmed the child, he did not mean to slam the child to the ground, but on the sofa instead.

The lawyer, therefore, thinks the Shaanxi father should be charged with intentional harm, and not intentional homicide.

While many on Weibo think the father should receive the death penalty for his actions, there are also those who do not understand why the mother, who filmed the incident, did not step in.

According to sources quoted by Sina News, the child’s mother is suffering from a mental illness.

“Just because you can reproduce, does not mean you can be a parent,” some people on Weibo write.

Other post candles for the toddler. “This life was hard on you, little kid,” one commenter writes: “Hope you find peace in your next life.”

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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    Markus

    August 22, 2020 at 11:06 am

    indeed I am even more concerned about the mother. While the father obviously acted in an extreme fit of rage, the mother seems to have been calm, taking a video of the incident and judging from the quality of the video even without much shaking (some shaking might have been suppressed by anti-shake software, but such software has its limits which were clearly not reached here)
    It seems pretty clear that the mother indeed suffers from some kind of mental illness and she might be no less dangerous than the father, potentially even more dangerous.

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Tianjin Restaurant Introduces “Meal Boxes for Women”

The special lunch boxes for women were introduced after female customers had too much leftover rice.

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China’s anti food waste campaign, that was launched earlier this month, is still in full swing and noticeable on China’s social media where new iniatives to curb the problem of food loss are discussed every single day.

Today, the hashtag “Tianjin Restaurant Launches Special Female Meal Boxes” (#天津一饭店推出女版盒饭#) went trending with some 130 million views on Weibo, with many discussions on the phenomenon of gender-specific portions. The restaurant claims its special ‘female lunch boxes’ are just “more suitable for women.”

According to Tonight News Paper (今晚报), the only difference their reporter found between the “meals for women” and the regular meals, is the amount of rice served. Instead of 275 grams of rice, the ‘female edition’ of the restaurant’s meals contain 225 grams of rice.

The restaurant, located on Shuangfeng Road, decided to introduce special female lunch boxes after discovering that the female diners of the offices they serve usually leave behind much more rice than their male customers.

The restaurant now claims they expect to save approximately 10,000 kilograms of rice on an annual basis by serving their meals based on gender.

On Chinese social media, the initiative was heavily criticized. Weibo netizens wondered why the restaurant would not just offer “bigger” and “smaller” lunch boxes instead of introducing special meals based on gender.

“There are also women who like to eat more, what’s so difficult about changing your meals to ‘big’ and ‘small’ size?”, a typical comment said: “Some women eat a lot, some men don’t.”

Many people called the special meals for women sex discrimination and also wanted to know if there was a difference in price between the ‘female’ and ‘male’ lunch boxes.

There are also female commenters on Weibo who claim they can eat much more than their male colleagues. “Just give me the male version,” one female user wrote: “I’ll eat that meal instead.”

This is the second time this month that initiatives launched in relation to China’s anti food waste campaign receive online backlash.

A restaurant in Changsha triggered a storm of criticism earlier this month after placing two scales at its entrance and asking customers to to enter their measurements into an app that would then suggest menu items based on their weight. The restaurant later apologized for encouraging diners to weigh themselves.

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15-Year-Old Girl Jumps to Death in Sichuan, Kills Father Who Tried to Catch Her

The tragic incident has stirred a flood of comments on Weibo.

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After the shocking death of a 2-year-old boy went viral in China earlier today, another tragic story is again top trending on social media.

On August 22, authorities in the city of Luzhou in Sichuan stated that on Saturday morning 10:30 a 15-year-old girl jumped from the 25th floor of an apartment building.

The girl’s father, a 42-year-old man, attempted to catch his daughter and break her fall. Both father and daughter were killed in the incident.

The hashtag “Father killed while trying to catch daughter who jumped off a building” (#父亲欲接坠楼女儿被砸身亡#) received over 460 million views on Weibo on Saturday, with thousands of people discussing the tragic event.

Bystander footage of the scene shows (blurred, viewer discretion advised) how people are screaming in horror when the girl jumps to her death.

The case is currently still under investigation.

Among the flood of comments, there are many who are worried about the mother in this family and offer their condolences: “She must be in so much pain.”

Some also ponder over the terrible predicament of the girl’s father and a dad’s love for his daughter, writing things such as: “He just relied on his instincts to step forward and open his arms.”

There are also many people reflecting on the stress experienced by young people in China, school pressure being a major issue, leading to self-harm or suicide. According to a 2017 news report, suicide is the leading cause of death among young Chinese people.

“I can understand both the daughter and the father,” some say: “I can feel the pain in my heart.”

 

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