In Guizhou province, a 13-year-old girl was allegedly handcuffed by a government official, reportedly a Communist Party chief, and a police officer.
The teen was publicly humiliated by being forced to parade down a street with bound hands. According to state media reports, she was ‘punished’ for spilling drink on a government car. The case is being pursued by the Guizhou authorities as a possible case of abuse of power.
The news surfaced when the debate sparked on popular Chinese microblogging website Weibo. People condemned the incident and said that it was shameful how the government officials would use their authority to humiliate a 13-year-old kid.
South China Morning Post reported that the girl was accused of ‘accidentally spilling cola on the car of Yuan Zehong, party secretary of Heqiang county's Kele township, on March 30.’ Yuan’s men then handcuffed her and forced her to walk up and down on the street for 20 minutes.
But Yuan has denied the allegations saying that the girl was paraded in the street. He did however say that she was handcuffed but only after her family attacked Yuan and his officers.
Though the statements regarding the incident put forward by the Chinese state media but much of the blame on the girl and her family, Xinhua has reported that the government official and the police officer have been suspended and are under investigation according to a statement released by the government of Hezhang County, Guizhou Province.