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Girl's death spark calls for child services oversight

中国日报网 2013-12-10 10:26

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Experts have renewed calls for a government department to oversee child protection cases after a couple in Hunan province was accused of beating their adopted daughter to death.

Police in Hunan said a couple was detained last month on suspicion of killing the 3-year-old girl.

Police did not identify the husband's name because an investigation into the death is ongoing.

However, the woman has been identified in Chinese media as having the surname Yi.

The family's lawyer, Huang Fulin, said that Yi severely beat her daughter for wetting her pants on Nov 24 at their home in Zhuzhou's Lusong district.

The next day, when the parents came home from work, they found the child dead. The father then notified police of the beating.

Huang said Yi has confessed that she repeatedly beat her adopted daughter to correct bad habits.

The tragedy has prompted calls for more public awareness and professional services to prevent child abuse. Currently, child abuse cases and child protection services fall under the jurisdiction of various government departments. Cong Zhongxiao, director of the China National Children's Center, said the government urgently needs to establish a central department to oversee efforts.

"Children are often too young to file a complaint of domestic violence, so a quick response system is essential," she said.

The abuse of children is a longstanding problem in China, where many people still think domestic violence is a "private affair," Cong said.

She called for communities to have designated child protection stations to provide shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Questions:

1. Why has a couple in Hunan province been detained by police?

2. What has this tragedy prompted?

3. How do many people in China view domestic violence, according to Cong?

Answers:

1. They are suspected of beating to death their 3-year-old adopted daughter.

2. Calls for more public awareness and professional services to prevent child abuse.

3. “A private affair.”

(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

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Anne Ruisi is an editor at China Daily online with more than 30 years of experience as a newspaper editor and reporter. She has worked at newspapers in the U.S., including The Birmingham News in Alabama and City Newspaper of Rochester, N.Y.

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