Saturday, August 25, 2012


FOR PROTESTING DAUGHTER'S RAPE After a woman was sentenced to a labor camp for protesting leniency for her daughter's rapist, Chinese authorities bent to public pressure and released her. When her 11-year-old daughter was kidnapped, raped and forced into prostitution in 2006, Tang Hui (a pseudonym being widely used in the media) was irate with the way the case was handled. After Tang found her daughter in a strip club and took her home, she reported the kidnapping to the authorities, who did nothing. She protested against the government's leniency for her daughter's rapists by standing in the streets of Hunan Province's Yongzhou city, blatantly flouting laws against protesting. She allegedly “blocked cars and the entrances of the buildings and shouted out loud” according the police statement and the Daily Beast. She “seriously disturbed social order” and “caused extremely bad social influences” and was arrested and sentenced - without a formal trial - to 18 months at a labor camp for reeducation. The case brought a flurry of criticism from citizens on the internet, as well as in mainstream, state-run media, and China has apparently acquiesced today, releasing Tang after reviewing her appeal.

According to an AP report from Beijing, China's official news agency has said the woman was released after the labor camp decided she was needed to care for her daughter, who is now 17. GlobalTimes, a Chinese news agency that was extremely critical of the situation in an op-ed on Tuesday, also noted that the Hunan Provincial Higher People's Court sentenced seven of the accused rapists in the case. Two of the defendants received the death penalty, four were given life sentences and another one received a 15-year term. It's good news for Tang, but when it comes to forced disappearances, China still has a long way to go to maintain the rule of law and get up to par on international human rights standards. Had it not been for a very public outcry against this case by the media and the internet (GlobalTimes reported that nearly 700,000 posts on Weibo expressed outrage and sympathy for Tang), she might have faced the same fate as countless other "criminals" or "troublemakers" China seeks to make disappear every year. Nicholas Bequelin, a Hong Kong-based senior researcher for Human Rights Watch said to the Daily Beast, “The police have a very expedient system for making people they consider troublesome disappear without any kind of due process."

A woman who had been sent to a labor camp in China's Hunan Province after petitioning for justice for her daughter - who was raped and forced into prostitution at age 11 - was released weeks ago. Tang Hui was sent to the Reeducation Through Labor Center for "seriously disturbing social order and exerting a negative impact on society" after she protested in front of local government buildings asking for justice to her daughter. "The Chinese government routinely uses state security charges against perceived critics and dissidents, and the incidence of enforced disappearances has sharply risen in recent years," said Human Rights Watch. The abuse of power and lack of justice are characteristic of the Age of Kali.

The age we are living in now is the age of kali, which is compared to the winter season. ... The people and civilizations of this present age, Kali yuga, have actually diminished in good qualities as confirmed in the Shrimad Bhagavatam, “O learned one, in this iron age of Kali men have but short lives. They are quarrelsome, lazy, misguided, unlucky and, above all, always disturbed.” (S.B. 1.1.10) This is a quotation by Saunaka rishi to the sages of Naimisharanya. ... When the Personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna, left this earth planet in His selfsame form, from that very day Kali, who had already partially appeared, became fully manifest to create inauspicious conditions for those who are endowed with a poor fund of knowledge. Maharaja Yudhisthira was intelligent enough to understand the influence of the age of Kali, characterized by increasing avarice, falsehood, cheating and violence throughout the capital, state, home and among individuals.

“Summary Study of the Great Epic, Mahabharata”
Commentaries to the Adi Parva and Mahaprasthanika Parva.

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"

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