BEIJING — A Chinese language man on Friday was sentenced to 9 years in jail for abusing and unlawfully detaining a lady who was proven chained in a viral video that sparked an outcry in China final yr.
The abuse of the girl, “Xiaohuamei,” or Little Plum Blossom, raised widespread considerations in China in February final yr and at instances overshadowed Beijing’s Winter Olympics on-line. Her story appeared in Chinese language social media regardless of digital and human censors and prompted commentators to exhort nationwide media to focus on the scandal.
After the announcement of the sentencing on Friday, the case turned some of the searched matters on the Chinese language social media platform Weibo, with many individuals complaining that 9 years imprisonment for the person was too lenient of a punishment for what he did to her.
The court docket in Xuzhou metropolis that handed down the sentence mentioned in a press release that Dong Zhimin and his late father purchased Little Plum Blossom within the late Nineteen Nineties for five,000 yuan ($727) and that he had abused her lately by chaining her across the neck and tying her physique with items of fabric and ropes. She suffered from starvation and lived in a spot with out water or electrical energy, it mentioned. That was regardless of him fathering eight youngsters together with her.
“Dong Zhimin’s abuse has triggered critical hurt to Little Plum Blossom’s well being. After examination, Little Plum Blossom was recognized with schizophrenia,” the assertion mentioned.
The court docket additionally sentenced 5 others to jail for between eight and 13 years and fined them for trafficking her many years in the past.
In response to an investigation, Little Plum Blossom was first dropped at Jiangsu province on China’s japanese coast from southwestern Yunnan province after she was kidnapped by two of the 5 folks in early 1998. They offered her to a farmer for five,000 yuan ($727).
After dwelling with the farmer for some time, the girl went lacking and was discovered by a pair in Henan province in central China in June 1998. The couple then offered her to 2 others for 3,000 yuan ($436) and that pair subsequently offered her for five,000 yuan ($727) to the Dongs in Feng county in Jiangsu.
The spouse of the couple was not charged as a result of the affect of her position was thought-about comparatively minor, the court docket mentioned, however her husband and the pair who offered Little Plum Blossom to Dong have been among the many 5 who have been charged and sentenced for trafficking her.
The official Xinhua information company quoted Little Plum Blossom’s physician in a report saying she was nonetheless being handled in a hospital. However her eldest son advised the company that his mom, who as soon as couldn’t determine him at instances, can now acknowledge him and name him by his title.
On Weibo, many individuals expressed their anger over the case. “Solely 9 years? 9 years for ruining her life? Go to hell actually,” one person wrote.
Related Press author Kanis Leung in Hong Kong and researcher Chen Wanqing in Beijing contributed to this report.