Persecution of violators of China’s one-child policy continues. Two human rights groups are reporting on a recent incident where family planning officials almost beat to death a farmer whose crime was having three children.
The human rights group ChinaAid has details:
A farmer in Jiangsu province was set upon on Wednesday by more than 20 family planning officials who beat him to near death because he and his wife have three children, violating China’s strict one-child policy.
Zhang Futao, of Group Five, Nangou Village, in the town of Beigou, in Xinyi city, is now hospitalized in critical condition and fighting for his life after suffering severe head injuries from the beating by the family planning officials who burst into his home at about 8 p.m. on Wednesday (May 15). They then kidnapped Zhang to Tashan Brigade and made his family pay a ransom.
The family immediately took him to the emergency room of the Linyi city People’s Hospital, where he was found to have a fractured skull and a brain hemorrhage. He had lost 100 milliliters (100 cc) of blood and might have died in an hour if his family had not brought him to the hospital.
Zhang is the family’s sole breadwinner. He and his wife have three children, two girls aged 12 and four years old, and a boy of six. His mother died 11 years ago, and his father is in poor health, is deaf and is hunchbacked. The cost for the surgery Zhang needs is estimated at between 10,000 RMB (US$1,630) and 20,000 RMB (US$3260). The family is appealing for help from society. Police have already started an investigation.
ChinaAid is shocked that more violent crimes in the name of family planning are coming to light this year and calls on the church and Christians to express their concern and to pray, as well as to help these victims in concrete ways so as to shine a light of love in the face of the darkness of society and the Chinese government.
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Reggie Littlejohn of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers adds:
Zhang Futao has suffered severe head injuries and is in critical condition from the beating, which occurred on Wednesday, May 15. According to the family, he has a fractured skull and a brain hemorrhage. His three children are ages 12, 6 and 4.
We condemn this egregious, state-sponsored violence against an innocent citizen, whose only ‘crime’ is having more than one child. Why was this man suddenly attacked, four years after the birth of his third child? We demand that the family planning attackers be brought to justice, that Mr. Zhang’s full medical expenses be covered, and that his family be compensated.
This attack also serves as a reminder that men as well as women suffer as a result of violence in the name of population control. On March 21, 2011, Family Planning Officials stabbed a young man to death while he was trying to protect his father from a beating. The Officials had entered the home to seize the man’s sister for a forced sterilization. The spirit of the Red Guard lives on in China’s population control machine. Family Planning Officials are above the law and function as domestic terrorists.