Woman, 34, beaten to death by police in Guizhou

I guess she had it coming; after all, she was distributing copies of the Bible.

A 34 year old woman has been beaten to death by police after she was arrested for handing out Bibles in southwest China’s Guizhou province, BosNewsLife learned Monday, July 5.

The French News Agency (AFP) quoted China’s state run Legal Daily newspaper as saying that police in Guizhou’s Tongzi county arrested Jiang Zongxiu, a farmer, on June 18 on suspicion of “spreading rumors and inciting to disturb social order.”

They had planned to detain her for 15 days, the report said, alleging Jiang died in police custody the afternoon she was arrested.

Her mother-in-law, Tan Dewei, who was arrested with Jiang but later released, told reporters police kicked Jiang repeatedly during interrogation AFP reported. Police later informed Jiang’s family she had died of a sudden illness and turned over her body to the family, but relatives saw she was covered with bruises and blood stains, the report alleged.

It’s a scary little article, and the punishment meted out does seem a bit out of proportion with the “crime.”

Many things scare me, but few as much as being arrested by the Chinese police.

The Discussion: 4 Comments

A “bit” out of proportion!

July 5, 2004 @ 9:19 pm | Comment

The whole post was “a bit” on the ironic side — just a bit.

July 5, 2004 @ 9:39 pm | Comment

“Many things scare me, but few as much as being arrested by the Chinese police.”

I don’t know which would be worse, Police or Army. I’ve been listening in on some hair-raising stories lately; the kind which will never make the newspapers. Think I’ll go home and inspect my bookshelf.

My wife makes me nervous sometimes: when the police come to the house, she yells at them! I’m not that confident.

July 6, 2004 @ 1:05 am | Comment

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