It seems that more and more Chinese people are suffering from various kinds of psychological illnesses according to the Chinese authorities’ investigations. It is well-known that ordinary people who petition against injustice and corruption in the country have been diagnosed as having mental illnesses such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Recently, a similar diagnosis, this time depression, has been given to civil servants and government officials who have committed suicide.
In most of the suicide cases, the conclusion of depression is drawn quickly within a day or two without much explanation. Being skeptical of the police investigation, Chinese netizens use a passive voice, “being depressed”, to highlight the suspected covering up of corruption involved.
A recent “being depressed” case is the suicide of the deputy police officer of the criminal investigation team in Zhejiang on November 12, 2011. In less than three days, at 14:55 pm on November 15, the Chinese Police Web posted an excerpt [zh] of an investigation report at its Weibo account:
Below is the discussion following the news thread:
Another case happened on November 10 at 7 pm; the Deputy Director of County Level Business Bureau under the Ministry of Agriculture Lu Yongjun threw himself out of the office window. At 10 am on the next morning, an internal meeting within the Ministry of Agriculture concluded that Lu suffered from depression and the Ministry's leaders demanded that there should be no further discussion about the case.
Lu's colleagues found the case suspicious as he was already 57 and about to retire soon. His body was cremated on November 14. Under the news headline in Sina Weibo [zh], many netizens questioned the investigation:
People's skepticism towards the suicide investigations of government officials and civil servants has been mounting since the suspicious death of an anti-corruption officer Xie Yexin in Hebei province back in August 2011. According to the autopsy report, Xie was stabbed 11 times in the chest, neck, abdomen and both wrists, and died from the rupture of a major vein near the heart. The police concluded that the case was a suicide but Xie's family did not accept the investigation. More from WSJ.