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Wuxi City Brainwashing Center
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Ms. Zhou Zhiying was a recipient of the "Excellent Teacher Award" in Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province. She was nonetheless arrested and sentenced to forced labor because she practiced Falun Dafa and followed the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. She was arrested in 2002 for the second time, then sentenced to four years of imprisonment. She entered the Fifth Ward of Nanjing City Women's Prison in early 2003. In an attempt to force her to give up her faith, the prison administration imprisoned her in the Second Ward in early 2004, a time when a special group was established to attack Falun Gong practitioners.

The guards tried to force her to sign other prisoners' daily needs bills, but she refused. They then forbade her from buying any personal hygiene products. She had to tear cotton out of her comforter to use during her menstrual period. She was also tortured by being deprived of sleep. In the freezing winter, a guard stole her vest to make her suffer from the freezing cold, and in the summer, the guards forced her stay near the ironing table.

Because Ms. Zhou persisted in doing the Falun Dafa exercises, the prison administration took her to be locked up in the Pukou Mental Hospital in Nanjing City. She was tortured by being tied to a bed and shocked with an electric needle on her head, even though she was never diagnosed with any mental condition by any doctors.

In August 2006, Ms. Zhou's four-year term ended. Upon exiting the prison, the Wuxi City 610 Office picked her up directly, and took her to the Xinghua Brainwashing Center. Their excuse was that her parents were both very old, so they could not watch her closely and prevent her from practicing Falun Gong. In the brainwashing center, she was tortured by being deprived of sleep for twelve days.

Ms. Zhou was arrested and imprisoned in the brainwashing center again on September 30, 2009. When she returned home on February 1, 2010, her family found that she had suffered a massive mental collapse, and her body was covered with bruises and puncture marks from needles.

Ms. Zhou's parents live in Jiangyin City. They witnessed how their daughter, who was perfectly fine before being arrested, became mentally unstable after undergoing brainwashing. This was the doing of the 610 Office, as Ms. Zhou was placed under the responsibility of the Jiangyin City 610 Office. The Jiangyin City 610 Office took Ms. Zhou to the Jiangyin City Qingshan Mental Hospital, where she remained until she died. Her body was cremated on April 1, 2010, in the Jianyin City Huashan Funeral House Crematorium.