Two Hebei Women Tortured in Detention
(Minghui.org) Two women suffered severe torture in a detention center in Hebei Province. They were both beaten and handcuffed. One of them had also developed serious health conditions.
Ms. Li Dongmei and Ms. Geng Shulan, from Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province, were arrested on July 18, 2019 for talking to people about Falun Gong, a spiritual practice that has been persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party since 1999.
They were transferred to Shijiazhuang No. 2 Detention Center on July 20, 2019.
Believing there was nothing wrong with practicing Falun Gong and trying to be a good person, Ms. Geng refused to recite the detention center rules. The guards put handcuffs and shackles on her and chained them together. She was unable to stand straight and forced to crawl on the floor. She couldn’t take showers or change clothes. She also needed help using the restroom. The heavy shackles severely injured her ankles and wrists.
In order to force her to give up her belief, the guards ordered inmates to beat Ms. Geng. She was kicked and beaten so badly that her ribs were in pain for days. She was force-fed after holding a hunger strike.
Ms. Li refused to answer “roll call” in protest of her unjust detention. The guards ordered inmates to beat her every day for over a weak. After she protested the abuse, they forced her to wear handcuffs, locked her in solitary confinement, and deprived her of outdoor activity. She was also not allowed to take a shower or go to the store inside the detention center.
Ms. Li's blood pressure has reached 200 mmHg since the end of August. She had chest pain and one side of her body felt numb and stiff. She constantly lived in fear and suffered a low-grade fever.
When her attorney visited her, she was so tense that her body was shaking. She only managed to talk for ten minutes and then had to be carried back to her cell. The detention center refused to take her for a full examination.
Ms. Li's family complained to the prosecutor stationed at the detention center. The prosecutor responded, “Do you know what Ms. Li Dongmei has done?” He seemed to suggest that her abuse was justified.