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Woman Fakes Kidnapping to Test Husband’s Love

Manya Koetse



A 43-year-old woman from Chongqing recently faked her own kidnapping, leading to a team of 29 policemen searching for her for 2 days and 2 nights. When they found her unharmed, she said she staged her own abduction to “test if her husband still loved her”.

When a 43-year-old Chongqing housewife named ‘Huang’ suddenly disappeared on June 22nd, her family was worried sick as repeated phone calls to her smartphone were left unanswered – except for one.

During the evening of June 23rd, when Huang’s phone was suddenly answered, her husband heard a muzzled sound and could make out the voice of his wife saying: “Please don’t kidnap me. I know you are from Changshou [district of Chongqing]!”, before the connection was cut off.

The woman’s family immediately called emergency number 110, after which the local police station sent out a team of 10 officers to rescue her, Chongqing Evening News reported on June 30.

Potentional mine abduction

The local police station took immediate action after the emergency call. In the end, a rescue team was set up with a total of 29 officers working on the case. Various police officers scanned different areas in Chongqing and did house-to-house investigations while fully armed.

Through technological methods, the police traced that Huang had to be near a village in the vicinity of the Changshou suburban district, which corresponded to what Huang had mentioned on the phone about her abductor.

Investigators discovered that the Huang’s ex-brother-in-law also lived in the same area. When they called his house, the phone was repeatedly hung up. As this brother-in-law was known to work in a remote mining area, police suspected Huang might have been brought there and called reinforcement to go to the mines. After finding them empty, they went to her house where they finally discovered the true identity of the “abductor” – Huang herself.

“Fun” experience to “test” husband’s love

According to Chongqing Evening News, Huang’s former brother-in-law stated that Huang had been at his home all along and had done all she could to repeatedly hang up incoming phone calls. When he demanded an explanation, she had left his home on the night of June 23.

Police finally tracked down Huang on the streets of the village, where she acted as if “nothing had happened”. Investigators later found out that Huang had fully staged her own kidnapping, for which she was sentenced to a 10-day detainment for “fabricating this affair”.

Huang later stated that, although she was happy with her marriage of ten years to her second husband and their family of two daughters, she just thought it “would be fun” to experience this “kidnapping”, and that she wanted to “test” how much her husband loved her.

Classical case of “urban empty individual”

According to psychological expert Gang Tanqiang quoted by the Chongqing Evening News, Huang represents the “classical urban empty person” (“典型的都市空心人”) who leads a “boring, monotonous and lonely” life and will go to extremes to put themselves at the center of attention.

Gang Tanqiang says: “If you experience feelings of emptiness as an urban citizen, be extra vigilant to avoid psychological problems. Talk about your feelings with relatives or close friends.” Gang also advises people to undertake outings to relieve boredom, and to join clubs for regular social interaction.

“Beyond any joke”

“This woman has a problem,” one Weibo user comments: “There’s always something, whether he loves her or not – she is too focused on what others think of her. And she has wasted the time of 29 police officers because of it. She should be detained.”

“These kind of police officers are hard to find, and yet she deceives them!” another commenter writes.

“Detaining her for 10 days is too light of a punishment…” one Weibo user writes. “To make false police reports, this goes beyond any joke,” another netizen says.

– By Manya Koetse

Featured image: police officer during one of the house-to-house searches for Mrs. Huang, picture by Chongqing Evening News.

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Changsha Restaurant Employee Pays the Price after Protecting Abused Child

A Changsha restaurant employee who intervened when a mother beat her child ended up paying the price for it.

Manya Koetse



The story of a restaurant employee who had to pay the price for sharing a video of a mother beating her child has triggered anger on Chinese social media.

The incident happened on September 14, when Mr. Jiang (江), an employee at the ‘Peng Shu’ Western-style restaurant in Changsha, stopped a mother from beating her young daughter at the shopping mall where the restaurant is located.

As reported by the Guizhou media channel People’s Focus (@百姓关注), a mother and daughter at the restaurant drew the staff’s attention when the mother began physically assaulting her daughter.

The mother, clearly overwhelmed by her emotions, resorted to kicking, hitting, yelling, and even attempting to strike her child with a chair, allegedly in response to the child accidentally spilling ice cream on her clothing.

During this distressing incident, which was captured on video, Mr. Jiang and another colleague intervened to protect the child and immediately alerted the police to the situation.

But the one who was punished in the end was not the mother.

The video of this incident was shared online, leading the woman to repeatedly visit the restaurant in frustration over her unblurred face in the video. The police had to mediate in this dispute.

To the dismay of many netizens, the employee ended up being forced to pay the woman 10,000 yuan ($1369) in compensation for “moral damages.” He has since resigned from his job and has left Changsha. A related hashtag was viewed over 110 million times on Weibo (#餐厅员工发顾客打娃视频后赔1万离职#) and also became a hot topic on Douyin.

The majority of commenters expressed their anger at the unjust outcome where a restaurant employee, who had attempted to protect the child, faced repercussions while the mother appeared to avoid any legal consequences for her actions.

“Where is the All-China Women’s Federation when you need them?” some wondered, while others wanted to know why the incident was not followed up with an immediate investigation into the child abuse. Others suggested that if it were a man who had beaten his child, authorities would have been quicker to intervene.

The issue of corporal punishment for children often comes up in Chinese social media discussions. While many people find it unacceptable to beat children, using violence to discipline children is also commonplace in many families.

When China’s first national law against domestic violence came into effect on 1 March 2016, article 5 and 12 specifically addressed the special legal protection of children and made family violence against children against the law.

By Manya Koetse

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Chinese Man Wants to Marry Deaf-Mute Girlfriend, Marriage License Application Gets Denied

The marriage was denied after a local official found the woman did not learn sign language and could not write.

Manya Koetse




A man from Gongyi, Zhengzhou, Henan, recently became a trending topic on Chinese social media due to the denial of his marriage license application with his girlfriend, who is deaf and mute.

According to Chinese media reports, both sets of parents had consented to the marriage, and the couple had already taken their wedding photos. However, the local Bureau of Civil Affairs rejected their application, citing the requirement for both parties to independently declare their intention to marry.

The woman, who had never attended a school for the Deaf, lacked the ability to use sign language, write, or communicate effectively. The Bureau advised the couple to return once she had completed her education and could express her desire to marry.

The potential future mother-in-law of the young woman spoke to Chinese media, explaining that her daughter-in-law’s situation was unique, as she had not attended a specialized school and therefore could not meet the marriage requirements.

The man’s mother expressed disappointment about the marriage being denied in an online interview.

As news of this incident circulated on Chinese social media, many people praised the “responsible decision” of the local Bureau of Civil Affairs.

Last year, one human trafficking case gained national prominence after a TikTok vlogger exposed the horrific living conditions of a woman in Xuzhou who appeared to be unable to communicate. She was married with eight children and kept in a shed next to the house, tied to a chain.

It later turned out that local officials made errors in properly checking and verifying when approving the marriage certificate.

While many people believe that cases like the one in Xuzhou should never occur again, some also feel that the situation in Gongyi is unfair to the girl. Given that both sets of parents had already consented to the marriage, and the couple had even taken wedding photos, some argue that it is unreasonable to expect the girl to learn sign language before proceeding with the marriage.

One commenter from Sichuan points out: “Ordinary people who are facing infidelity and domestic violence during their marriages already struggle with divorce. For a deaf and mute person who cannot communicate through sign language and who has no way of communicating, we can’t be sure about their marriage intentions. However, we can be sure that if they need a divorce, it might be a nearly insurmountable challenge.”

Also read: Twists and Turns in the Tragic Story of the Xuzhou Chained Mother

By Manya Koetse

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