“Former vice-chairman of county-level political congress executed for rape of 24 female students”
The People’s Daily website reports that Wu Tianxi (吴天喜), the former vice-chairman of the people’s political consultative conference for Zhenping county, Henan province, was executed on the afternoon of 13 August for crimes including the rape of 24 female school students.
“On the afternoon of 13 August, the former vice-chairman of the people’s political consultative conference for Zhenping county, Henan province, who had previously raped 24 female students and was responsible for 7 major crimes, was lawfully executed by means of lethal injection by the Nanyang Municipal Intermediate Court.”
“It is understood that Wu Tianxi used his long-term position as a senior figure in business, a people’s congress representative, and other positions of importance to acquire social influence, recruit individuals such as Wu Qingyou and Wu Changwei, employ violence and intimidation to engage in illegal criminal activitiy on an organized basis, and gradually forming a mafia-style group. In order to satisfy his own base desires, from 2005 to the start of 2007, under Wu Tianxi’s direction, a Mr. Liu Ms. Liu [EDIT: charles liu #13] arranged for other individuals to lurk around middle schools in Zhenping county, and use methods such as threats, coercion and physical violence to force 24 female students into Wu Tianxi’s office or into hotel rooms, where Wu Tianxi would rape them.”
“What is worth considering is that Wu Tianxi engaged in wrongdoing over many years, and his illegal activities were an open secret in the area. Why was it that he was never toppled from power? One of the principal reasons was the fact that local families who had suffered at his hands feared his immense wealth and influence locally. An even more important reason, however, is unrelated to the apprehensions of his victims, but involves the lack of effective supervision of Wu Tianxi’s actions by supervisory and regulatory authorities, or even their fundamental failure to perform their duties. Once supervision is absent, these kinds of ‘officials’ very quickly abuse their power as a tool for satisfying their own personal interests, acting with total impunity and harming ordinary citizens. What is especially unsettling is that when confronted by the evil conduct of these individuals who possess both wealth and power, the public authorities also seemed to be intimidated, and either did not dare or were unable to perform their supervisory and regulatory duties. The failure of public authorities to act, and the failure of legal authorities to speak, lend succour and protection to the criminal activities of these kinds of individuals.”
Title of original news story in Chinese: “奸污24女生县政协主席伏法”
I find it mind boggling that Wu Tianxi could go on raping so many students before he is caught. I wonder what can be done in China for local communities to protect themselves from people like Wu, where he is stopped after his first 1 or two victims. 24 is insane!
Do you agree Wu deserves the death penalty?
How has this problem been overcome in other societies?
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