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Woman Forced into Trunk of Car: “I Won’t Press Charges”

One day after a shocking video of a woman being slapped and forced into the trunk of a car became trending on Chinese social media, more details on the violent incident have come out. The woman says she won’t press charges against the aggressor, who is her husband.

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One day after a shocking video of a woman being slapped and forced into the trunk of a car became trending on Chinese social media, more details on the violent incident have come out. The woman says she won’t press charges against the aggressor, who is her husband.

On June 10, one day after the video of a woman being slapped and forced into the trunk of a car went viral on China’s social media, there is an update to the story. The incident, that took place in Cangzhou, Hebei province, was first shrouded in mystery – the video showed the man violently beating the woman and pushing her inside the trunk while bystanders did little to prevent him, after which he drove off.

Now, under the hashtag of “The Woman in the Trunk” (#后备箱里的女人#), more details have come to light.

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News reports state that the police has investigated the case, and they confirm that the man and woman in the video are a husband and wife from Cangzhou, who were caught up in an angry argument at the time of the video.

According to the Weibo account of the local police, the woman is not injured and refuses to press charges against her husband – instead, the couple just wants to “live their life in peace together”.

According to the Weibo account of blogger Hu’erdao, the woman and her husband said their lives have been greatly affected by the video. Hu’erdao writes: “You thought this was still something between you? This has now become a public matter. Many people thought this was a kidnapping case. Did you think you could just leave it at this? You think it is normal to put someone in the car trunk?”

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Other netizens agree with the blogger, saying: “If this was America, he would be arrested no matter if she pressed charges or not.” Weibo user She Huimin (@佘惠敏) also argues that the violent man should be arrested, no matter if the woman reported him to authorities or not: “They could suspend his driver’s license and take him into custody for ten days (..) Didn’t he break the law by putting someone in the trunk of his car?”

Another Weibo netizen writes: “My friends live in the same village as this couple. Everybody there knows she’s too afraid to get a divorce, as she fears he might do something to her family.” She also writes that the man is known to be violent and a heavy drinker: “It is possible for him not to eat, but it’s not possible for him not to drink.” In another post she says: “She is too afraid to press charges, and too afraid to get a divorce, out of fear for his revenge. After all, this man is capable of anything – he wasn’t afraid that he might’ve killed her by putting her in that trunk.”

Although there are many netizens who are angry that the case is left at this, there are also those who argue that the woman might not want to press charges out of fear, but that the man should be convicted no matter what – after all, “isn’t domestic violence a crime?”

China’s first law against domestic violence came into effect on March 1st of this year. According to estimations, one-in-four Chinese women have suffered violence in their marriage. But as what happens within the family home is traditionally considered a private matter, many women are afraid to talk about domestic abuse – which is still considered taboo.

But social media plays an important role in creating more awareness about domestic violence and the reaction of bystanders. Earlier this year, a video of a woman being nearly abducted in a Beijing hotel made headlines all over China. It showed a man violently dragging a woman through the hallway, while multiple people passed by without intervening. Some explained their passive response by saying they might have thought the man and woman were husband and wife – but many netizens pointed out that it should not make a difference if they were.

For now, it seems that the case of the woman in the trunk has reached a dead end. As the woman refuses to press charges, expressing they just want to “live their lives together in peace”, it is to be hoped that it will actually come to this.

– 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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    Cinta Williams

    June 11, 2016 at 2:48 am

    I want to know who was the other person in the trunk?

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    Kim

    August 19, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    I saw that a guy translated what they said and it was that she had molested their 8 yr old son is that true

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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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Video Showing Suihua Female Worker Hitting Deputy Director with a Mop Goes Viral on Weibo

The Suihua deputy director was attacked with a mop after female workers accused him of harassing them.

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A video showing a woman beating the director of her work department with a mop has gone viral on Chinese social media. The woman who posted the video accuses the office leader of harassing his female subordinates.

The incident took place on April 11th in the city of Suihua, Heilongjiang province. The man who was beaten in the video is Mr. Wang, the deputy director of the poverty alleviation department of the Beilin district of Suihua.

The 14-minute video shows a woman storming into Wang’s office while another woman is behind her, filming. The first woman initially goes to Wang’s desk and throws some stuff on the ground, before she asks the other woman to give her the mop. She then proceeds to hit Wang in the face and head with the mop multiple times. The other woman yells at Wang that she cannot put up with his harassing texts anymore.

At one point in the video, Wang claims he was “just joking,” but the woman claims he is guilty of harassing multiple women in the department. Local authorities investigated the case after the video went viral.

According to Chinese news reports, Mr. Wang has now been removed from his office and Party position for “lifestyle violations of discipline” (for more information on this, China Law Translate has translated the Chapter XI of the Chinese Communist Party Disciplinary Regulations here.)

The woman hitting Wang with the mop reportedly has not been punished for her actions due to “mental illness.”

On Weibo, many people praise the women for stepping up and rebelling against the deputy director, and fighting to protect themselves. Some people call it “courageous” and a “brave revenge.”

“Harassers deserve to be hit,” one commenter writes, with another person adding: “It is good that young people nowadays come forward against older and more powerful leaders.”

There are also people on Weibo who question the reported “mental illness” condition of the woman who hit Wang, with some suggesting she could have not been a state office worker if she suffered from serious mental issues. Others also denounce the fact that the woman was labeled this way, while allegedly having been harassed and finding no help after reporting it to the police. At the same time, a majority of commenters express relief that the woman will not face punishment for hitting Wang with the mop.

Since the outcome of the investigations has not been made public, some netizens demand to see the investigation’s conclusions to know if the official was indeed guilty of sexual harassment and why nothing was done about the female worker’s alleged reports to police about his behaviour.

Over the past year, the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace has been receiving more attention on Chinese social media. In March of this year, a Shanghai court awarded approximately $15,000 to a plaintiff in a sexual harassment suit against a colleague who had sent disturbing text messages to her over a period of six months (link). In December of 2020, a landmark court case of the female scriptwriter Zhou Xiaoxuan versus Chinese famous TV host Zhu Jun attracted major attention on social media.

By Manya Koetse, with contributions by Miranda Barnes

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