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China: Should Lin Jiaxiang be charged of assaults?

Lin Jiaxiang, (CPC) party secretary of the Shenzhen maritime bureau in the Guangdong province of China, is the target of an investigation after he allegedly grabbed an 11-year-old girl in an attempt to molest her. Jiaxing was reportedly drunk and to have asked the 6th grade girl for directions to the restroom at the Plum Garden Seafood Restaurant where he was dining. He proceeded to grab her by the throat and tried to coax her into the men's restroom.

Restaurant video recorded the poor11-year-old  girl running back into the dining area after the alleged attempt to molest her took place .(The video below is censored now, and for browsing the website, proxy is required)


Lin Jiaxiang's notorious response to the girl's father who questioned him for what Lin had done angered Chinese netizens. Here's what he said when the girl's parents confronted him:

“Do you know who I am? I am from the Ministry of Transport. I rank as high as your mayor. How dare you fight with me.”

without any sense of shame, he tried to bribe the parents ,saying:

“Yes I did it, so what? How much do you want, just tell me. I'll give you the money.”

Lin Jiaxiang was dismissed on November. 3 by ministry of transport. However, Lin was announced innocent of the assault charge today. Public is not satisfied with the judgment. A “whether Lin should be pardoned” poll is made by Xinmin net.


Until 14:00 November 6th, nearly 2000 netizens have participated in the poll. 95% of them were “mad” about police's conclusion of Lin Jiaxiang's case, and they advocate collecting more evidence to convict Lin of crime and to punish him severely. Only 2% of those voters said that they would like to respect Shenzhen Police's decision.

According to Shenzhen Late Post, police gave five reasons to deny the assault charge.


Although Lin touched the body of the girl surnamed Chen, the contacts were limited to the near-neck part.


The place where Chen broke off Lin is 8 meters from men's toilet. Though Chen saw the toilet sign, she didn't see the door.


Lin Jiaxiang heights 1.79 m and weights 103kg while Chen is only 1.48 m tall. On such an occasion, Chen's escape proved that Lin used limited strength to grab Chen's throat.


Restaurant video doesn't show Lin Jiaxiang's assault to Chen, which  coincides with neither Lin nor Chen's statements about their bodily contacts.


After on-sight investigation and simulation of the incident, it's confirmed that the time Lin and Chen took to walk across the toilet corner was very short. And Chen ran away immediately after she broke off.

Although the key evidence to charge Lin Jiaxiang, that is, the video at toilet door which taped what actually happened,  was mystically lost, public believe Lin's crime is obvious.Here's what Xinhua net says.


First, one fact has to be clear: crimes like rape, sexual assault, especially an attempted but uncommitted one, usually lack direct evidence. At first glance, it seemed in accordance with law that police should convict Lin only if direct evidence is available. However,police's decision in fact connived at Lin's crime, which was unfair to the victim.


With the experience, the girl showed symptoms of serious psychological strikes and injuries, such as being afraid to meet strangers, afraid to go to school, and even swearing never to eat in any restaurant again. These can prove that there were insults to the girl.


  • […] 2008/11/08 Update: Lin Jiaxiang was dismissed from his government position in the Ministry of Transport on November 4th. However, the police have recently announced that there is not enough evidence for the assault charge against him. A video surveillance of the restroom area mysteriously disappeared. You can read more information at Global Voices Online. […]

  • yeah

    I doubt it was the girl’s parent who kill the girl’s life that they should dont did upload the video which will bring a distoried future for this poor girl

  • BobChen

    Your idea fosters more and more sexual assaults

  • The girl’s face is not clear in the video and her name in reports is alias. I Guess her identity would be under protection.

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