(Minghui.org) Heilongjiang Women’s Prison, located in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, is responsible for severely torturing Falun Gong practitioners. The guards incite criminal inmates to attack practitioners, and for doing so those criminals gain favor with prison authorities.

The following are accounts of severe physical abuse and torture practitioners were subjected to in four prison wards.

Prison Hospital Tortures Healthy Practitioners

Ward No. 10 is the prison hospital where non-practitioner detainees receive treatment for their illnesses or injuries. Healthy practitioners, on the other hand, are taken there to be subjected to brutal mental and physical abuse.

Ever since she was promoted to Hospital Director in 2008, former guard Zhao Huihua has been enticing criminal inmates with term reduction in exchange for torturing practitioners.

While force-feeding practitioner Ms. Li Yushu, criminal inmate Wang Xinhua forced food down Ms. Li’s throat with chopsticks. The repeated poking and thrusting caused great damage to Ms. Li’s throat, which started hemorrhaging.

On December 30, 2012, Ms. Li Yushu was pushed to the ground by Liu Yanping and other criminal inmates for talking to some practitioners. Ms. Li fell so hard that she lost consciousness and didn’t come to until quite a while later. The back of her head was broken-open, which required five stitches.

Practitioner Ms. Hu Aiyun refused to be force fed and was grabbed by her hair and brutally beaten by criminal inmates Wang Wei and Li Kun, until she passed out.

Ms. Wei Jun, a teacher in her 40s from Daqing City, was often brutally beaten by criminal inmates. She was also made to sit on a small bench from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. The inmates beat her so hard they knocked out some of her teeth.

Ms. Wei was given very limited time for sleep and as a result, would sometimes pass out.

While taking a shower on September 13, 2012, Ms. Li Xuejun, 68, a practitioner from Taiping District, Harbin City suddenly felt numb on the left side of her body and fell immediately.

Ms. Li was sent to a hospital for emergency treatment and ended-up with partial paralysis from a stroke. She remained hospitalized for more than a month before being taken back to the prison and is now kept in Ward No. 10.

Ward No. 4: Ms. Wang Jianhui Tortured

Ms. Wang Jianhui, a practitioner from Daqing City, suffered a half year of inhumane treatment in Ward No. 11 before being transferred to Ward No. 4.

Guards Li Jingjing and Chen Liping caught Ms. Wang refusing to wear the prison uniform on November 12, 2012, and decided to teach her a lesson by taking away her “hot water” privileges. Ms. Wang asked to see Division Head Qiu Yan, but Qiu declined her request.

Having no access to hot water, Ms. Wang went on a hunger strike and stood by the gate every day to shout “Falun Dafa is good” and “Stop persecuting Falun Gong.”

Her booming voice reverberated throughout the entire building. Every time she started to shout out, criminal inmate Ma Guirong led a group of inmates to drag her inside.

They beat Ms. Wang so badly that a deep laceration was left on her neck. Her clothes were also torn. Ms. Wang had to endure inhumane treatment every day, but she held to her firm belief in Dafa.

It was extremely cold in Harbin this year with the temperature breaking a 51-year record. Some kindhearted people told Ms. Wang Jianhui’s family of her abuse, so her older sister immediately called Division Heads Na Rui and Qiu Yan and strongly condemned them for the brutal acts.

Ms. Wang's sister also warned the division heads that she would file a complaint with the prison director and Heilongjiang Province Prison Management Bureau.

The staff became frightened and resumed Ms. Wang’s right to get hot water.

Ward No. 3: Teacher Jiang Xinbo Subjected to Abuse

Ms. Jiang Xinbo, a 41-year-old practitioner from Jiansanjiang Farm, is a teacher by trade. She twice submitted a letter advising the prison director to stop doing evil on July 4, 2012. Her bravery angered ward heads Kang Yazhen and Yu Hongbo, so they ordered Ms. Jiang be placed in solitary confinement.

When Ms. Jiang refused to cooperate, criminal inmates Liu Chunhua and Wang Lei picked her up from her bed and slammed her to the ground. With assistance, they then twisted Ms. Jiang's arms and grabbed her hair before forcefully putting the prison uniform on her. They also used a bed sheet as a rope to tie her arms to a radiator.

After a while, the criminal inmates placed Ms. Jiang on a comforter and carried her to a small room on the second floor. Ms. Jiang kept shouting “Falun Dafa is good,” so they stuffed her mouth with a corner of the comforter and pulled her hair.

Criminal inmate Dong Wen then slapped Ms. Jiang and rubbed a towel back and forth in her mouth before eventually inserting the entire towel into her mouth.

They then forced her face down and tied her arms to her legs, leaving her mouth and stomach pressed into the floor. The inmates hung a curtain on the door to prevent others from witnessing the torture.

A few hours later they tied Ms. Jiang to an iron bed frame and smothered her with comforters, which caused her to suffer in the hot, windowless room. In the beginning, they untied her arms once in a while, but later just kept her arms tied without allowing her to sleep.

Ms. Jiang then went on a hunger strike to protest. They began to force feed her five days later.

In order to make her succumb, they twisted the feeding tube inside her stomach and forced down a large amount of food to cause her stomach to become extremely bloated.

They also added large quantities of salt into the food, yet denied her water when she became extremely thirsty.

Nine days later Ms. Jiang gave up and agreed to wear the prison uniform. She was kept in isolation afterward and not allowed to have any outside contact.

On another occasion, criminal inmates Jiang Chunhua and Wang Lei once again picked Ms. Jiang Xinbo up and slammed her to the ground. They twisted her arms and put the prison uniform on her before making her sit on a small bench. When she refused to cooperate, criminal inmate Dong Wen ordered other inmates to strip off her clothes.

After a drunken male guard beat up female practitioners on January 7, 2013, the staff ordered everyone to respond to a roll call in the hallway.

Ms. Jiang refused to comply, so several inmates pushed her down and dragged her into the hallway. She shouted “Falun Dafa is good,” so they sealed her mouth with tape.

After the roll call, inmate Teng Yanping ordered other inmates to put the prison uniform on her and dragged her out into the hallway again. Division Head Kang Yazhen proceeded to slap her when she shouted “Falun Dafa is good.”

Inmate Shang Haiyan then held her down and ordered her to squat.

That night, inmate Shi Luying picked Ms. Jiang out of bed and slammed her to the ground.

The next morning several inmates held Ms. Jiang down and put the prison uniform on her. Ms. Jiang’s hair was pulled out and fell everywhere. Inmate Wu Di knelt on her body while Liu Chunhua sat on her head.

Yu Hongbo ordered the criminal inmates to drag her to a small, unheated room. They tied her hands up and hung her up by a rope for 17 hours.

At that time Ms. Jiang only wore a pair of underpants and a thin sweater. Her hands, legs and arms became severely frost bitten.

Ward No. 11: Term Reduction Used as Incentive for Criminals to Attack Practitioners

Ward No.11 has been used to conduct so-called transformation of practitioners; hence, it developed a comprehensive system to carry out attacks on practitioners. Ji Na, a division deputy head, offered a point system to reward criminal inmates who were cruel to practitioners.

During late summer of 2012, the so-called experts hired by the 610 Office scolded inmates who were not “tough” enough in handling practitioners and offered more points for “under-performers” in order to beef up their attacks on practitioners. Determined practitioners were deprived of sleep for several days straight and handcuffed or shackled and not allowed to use the restroom.

All incoming practitioners were met with verbal abuse and beatings upon their arrival at Ward No.11.

Next they were forced to watch videos that slandered Falun Gong every day. These intensive brainwashing sessions attempted to infuse practitioners’ minds with warped notions. Such brainwashing lasted somewhere between one and three months, and the practitioners were kept in complete isolation.

Under Cui Xiang’s directives, the practitioners were tortured secretly.

This included being made to sit still on a small bench for extended periods of time. As a result, some practitioners’ bottoms developed wounds that began to fester.

The practitioners were also often placed in handcuff or shackles and beaten.

Over time, the means of torture became stealthier and crueler.

Criminal Inmates Abuse and Mistreat Practitioners to Get Term Reductions

Inmate Cui Xiang, a 44-year-old murderer, received a term reduction for her wanton abuse of practitioners. She even claimed that she would continue her persecution of practitioners upon her release.

Inmate Tang Yongxia, 48, pretended to be nice and offered help to practitioners, but her true motive was to monitor practitioners more closely.

Some inmates wanted to receive term reductions, so they followed the directions of Cui and Tang closely and also beat practitioners at will.

In March 2012, inmate Ma Guirong gathered a group of inmates to beat Ms. Wang Jianhui and then reported her to the team head. On the way back home from a visit, Ma’s husband had a brain hemorrhage and died shortly afterwards. Many believe this was Ma's karmic retribution for viciously persecuting Falun Gong practitioners.