Recently, a 13-year-old girl from Nanyang City, Henan Province, China was taken from her home by police for questioning without a guardian. Just a day later, the police informed her family to come and identify the body. The family was very upset and complained, but the police didn’t say anything for tree weeks. Currently, all information about this incident has been removed from all media sites.
On November 18, a netizen named Old Driver posted on Twitter, “This story must be reposted. Mainstream media is weird! A 13-year-old girl in Nanyang has died strangely just a day after being escorted out of the house by police. Yet the news on all media platforms about this incident disappeared.”
In addition, this account also posted a letter of complaint against the secretary of Nanyang, Henan Province. The complaint read, “The Nanyang police neglected their duties, leading to the death of a 13-year-old little girl. For more than 20 days after the incident, they still did not take any action.” Information indicates that the County Party Committee has accepted this complaint.
According to the complaint, around 6 a.m. on October 16, 2022, the victim’s grandfather (the 13-year-old girl named Xiao G) came home and “found a naked man and woman on the bed and another elderly man was sitting with his granddaughter in the living room.” He angrily called the police, and the police arrived and took all four of them away.
The victim’s grandfather said that at about 1 a.m. the next day, a policeman summoned him to a police station and asked him questions about his granddaughter. He said: “The police showed me some photos and let me confirm if it was my grandchild. It was shocking. They asked us to go to the Nanzhao District Hospital morgue after 7 p.m. to identify the body!”
The complainant said that the police said that the girl had drowned, committing suicide and they weren’t responsible. He added, “The police also said that we should sign the certification and dispose of the body. They told my family that, after taking my granddaughter to the police station for questioning, because it was nothing serious, they let her go.”
Since the girl’s unusual death, the victim’s family has repeatedly petitioned without response from authorities, so the family decided to report the incident to the mayor’s hotline. On November 2, the complaint of the victim’s family was accepted. On November 3, the authorities informed the victim’s family to come to a meeting.
The girl’s grandfather said that when they got to the meeting they realized it was to whitewash the police.
The girl’s grandfather said that the Nanzhao district police had convened a group of government organizations. The conclusion was that “the police are not at fault or responsible in any way and all the responsibility lies with the parents!” A leader of the criminal police team also reproached the parents, “The victim’s parents have not fulfilled their responsibilities, why do you blame the police agency?”
According to Article 56 of the Law on the Protection of Minors in China, investigative authorities, procuracies (district attorneys) and courts must notify the legal representative or guardian of minors when the child is questioned.
According to Article 2 of this law, a minor is a person under the age of 18.
Article 75 of the “Regulations on procedures for handling administrative cases by public security agencies” issued by the Ministry of Public Security of China also has similar provisions.
Some Chinese lawyers pointed out that the police may have been negligent. Obviously, their actions violated the legitimate rights and interests of minors, and they are liable for civil compensation for the girl’s death. Those involved in handling this case should be punished, and those suspected of committing crimes should be held criminally accountable.
It is worth mentioning that the Chinese media previously reported on this incident, but now all information has been removed from the media. The case has thus been silenced like hundreds of thousands of other heartbreaking incidents in China.
A netizen expressed anger, and according to Vision Times said, “What happened in the police station? If everyone died like this, the police wouldn’t have to bear any responsibility!”
“The prosecutor’s office Jiaxing ‘Red Boat Spirit’ questioned: “Why has a people-oriented rule of law in China turned into a hell on Earth? Asking for justice on the internet is the last straw for the Chinese people. The entire Chinese government is ignoring the injustices of the people. Has there ever been such a country in human history? When you read my words on Twitter, the wronged people are crying, the cradle of the CCP has created false cases, and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs silenced all the victims!”