Hu Xia - 胡霞
(Minghui.org) Ms. Hu Xia, around 55, was a business owner in Chongzhou City, Sichuan Province. She was tending to her store on July 18, 2015 when police broke in and arrested her. She appeared in court on March 21, 2016 and was soon convicted.
She was transferred to Longquan Prison around May 2016. Because she held firm to her faith in Falun Gong, the prison guards subjected her to various forms of torture.
A group of inmates pushed her head into a bucket of water. They then took her to a washroom and took turns beating her until she couldn't get up. They broke one of her teeth by jamming dirty underwear into her mouth. They also doused her with cold water repeatedly.
Ms. Hu refused to attend a brainwashing session on February 10, 2017. She was handcuffed to a window frame and shocked with electric batons. That night, she was moved to a different cell, where she was forced to sleep on the cement floor.
When Ms. Hu was transferred to another ward, someone who saw her up close noticed that the collar and front of her sweater were covered with blood stains and that her hands and forearms bore a lot of scratch marks. As guards often threatened to inject Falun Gong practitioners with unknown drugs, the witness who observed Ms. Hu suspected that she had been injected with unknown drugs that caused her to itch and scratch.
Ms. Hu was last seen in a hospital bed wearing an eye patch. She died on December 19, 2017, 13 days before the 2018 New Year. Her daughter learned of her passing when she received a call from the prison, asking her to pick up Ms. Hu's ashes.