|1. Doha & Associates|
City: Ha Noi
|2. Brandco Co., LTD.|
City: Ha Noi
|3. Bac Viet Luat Law Firm|
City: Ha Noi
|4. NOVAPRO & ASSOCIATES|
Category: Legal Services
City: Ho Chi Minh
|5. YPHARCO JSC.|
City: Yên Bai
|6. Viet Ba Equipment Co.,...|
Category: Medical Equipment
City: Ha Noi
Chinese netizens and supporters of a woman forced to abort seven months into her pregnancy reacted with outrage Wednesday over the "soft" punishment meted out to officials involved in the scandal.
A pregnant woman waits to cross a road. , Photo: AFP
Local authorities forced Feng Jianmei to go through the termination this month in north China's Shaanxi province because she failed to pay a hefty fine, and seven officials have since been given "administrative sanctions".
"I'm not satisfied," Feng's lawyer, Zhang Kai, told AFP over the phone.
"(The punishment) is too soft. They should have pushed for (the officials to be held) criminally responsible."
Authorities announced Tuesday they had sacked two officials over the scandal in Zhenping county, including the head of the county's family planning bureau, and handed lighter penalties such as "warnings" to five others.
A report by the official Xinhua news agency posted on the website of the Ankang city government -- which has jurisdiction over Zhenping -- said the officials had "violated" national and provincial regulations.
Feng was forced to abort her pregnancy because she did not pay a 40,000 yuan ($6,300) fine for exceeding China's strict "one child" population control policy -- a situation that rights groups say is common in China.
The case triggered an uproar after graphic photos emerged online of Feng lying in a hospital bed next to her baby's blood-smeared corpse.
One of her relatives told AFP Wednesday the family was "not satisfied" with the punishments, but refused any further comment.
Netizens also reacted with outrage and the issue ranked second on the day's list of hot topics on the Sina microblog, with more than 1.6 million posts.
"Seven people get administrative sanctions... I thought they were going to shoot several to death for murder, but now I realise I was thinking too much," one web user said.
"How can a country protect its people and be trusted by people if it has no reverence for life?" said another.
Chinese authorities regularly crack down on people who draw too much attention to official wrongdoing, and Feng and her family have come under intense pressure since her plight was publicised online.
Feng's husband, Deng Jiyuan, went missing on Sunday and has still not reappeared. He called a family member Tuesday to say that he was "safe", but refused to say where he was or whether he was being held against his will.
|< Prev||Next >|
» Netizens bite back over China's shark fin soup ban
Latest Category Posts
- All 28 bodies recovered from Indonesia mine tunnel
- 5 dead, 20 missing in China factory explosion
- Myanmar leader heads to White House
- Second Asia-Pacific Water Summit opened
- 62 injured in Hong Kong light rail accident
- N. Korea fires short-range missiles into Sea of Japan
- Japan man, 80, starts Everest ascent
- Bangladesh collapse: Thousands hold prayers for victims
- Rohingya boats sink off west Burma - many missing
- ASEAN promotes protection of human rights
Random Category Picks
- Singapore welcomes Japan’s participation in TPP negotiations
- China reports another H7N9 death, infections rise to 38
- Singapore to compete in 7 sports at Asian Youth Games
- ASEAN and six partners begin first RCEP talks
- Afghanistan: At least 24 dead in violence
- North Korea nears 'dangerous line,' Hagel says
Popular Category Posts
- North Korea places South island in crosshairs
- N. Korean leader threatens strike on South island
- Peaceful negotiations for East Sea disputes
- Thailand struggles to curb high teen pregnancy rate
- “Bangkok Bike 2013” campaign underway
- North Korea enters 'state of war' with South
- China to abolish rail ministry after scandals
- People want democracy in China: Chinese realty mogul
- Knife attack in China's Xinjiang kills 4: government
- S. Korea-US hold drill as tensions with North escalate
- Myanmar government, Kachin rebels resume peace talks
- N. Korea video depicts invasion of South, US hostages
- Thailand calls meeting to revise export target
- China begins poultry cull after bird flu found: Xinhua
- Japan PM Abe vows nation to emerge stronger from 2011 triple disasters
- Japan marks second tsunami anniversary
- Manila debuts as gambling's new VIP venue with $1.2 billion casino
- Nuclear-hit Fukushima to get 20,000 cherry trees
- China military officials admit ship radar lock: Kyodo
- North Korea blocks South workers from Kaesong zone