(Minghui.org) Ms. Huang Jinrong, 54, is a Falun Gong practitioner in Songyuan City, Jilin Province. She has undergone severe and persistent torture for years. Ms. Huang was arrested and subjected to forced labor in 2004, arrested again in September 2007, and sentenced to three years in prison in April 2008. While in Heizuizi Women's Prison of Changchun City, she was tortured nearly to death on the “Stretching Bed.”

Ms. Huang was a fruit vendor in Songyuan. Her former husband often beat her, and she felt that her life was hopeless. Even after she remarried, she still didn't feel happy. Ms. Huang learned about Falun Gong from her brother and started to practice in March 1999. The principles of Falun Gong opened her heart, and she felt that she finally knew the purpose of being a human. She became cheerful, and her family lived in harmony.

After Jiang Zemin started the persecution of Falun Gong, Ms. Huang began to clarify the truth about Falun Gong to others. Her second husband divorced her because of the pressure and propaganda of the persecution.

One day in 2004, Ms. Huang was arrested for giving a flyer about Falun Gong to a plainclothes police officer. At the police station, a drunken officer struck her in the head repeatedly. She was detained at the Songyuan City Detention Center for three months. She endured a year and a half of forced labor before she was sent to the Heizuizhi Women’s Forced Labor Camp.

Ms. Huang was detained in the No. 6 Ward of the labor camp. A guard named Ding Caihong enlisted the “education helpers” to try to force her to write a guarantee statement. When she refused to do so, the guards used electric batons to shock her hands, mouth, and neck, which caused her mouth to swell and her whole body to twitch. She was forced into long hours of slave labor in the camp workshop, making clothing. The adhesives used in making clothing were highly toxic.

She was released after serving the full term.

Ms. Huang was arrested again at home in September 2007 and taken to the Songyuan Detention Center. She refused to give information about other practitioners during intense interrogation and refused to wear the prison uniform. She was held in shackles for more than two weeks.

On April 1, 2008, Ms. Huang was sentenced to three years in prison and taken to the Heizuizi Women's Prison. She was held in the “Education Ward,” which was specially designed for Falun Gong practitioners. Inmates kept a close watch on her, and she wasn't allowed to contact anyone. She was forced to sit on a tiny stool all day and watch videos that slandered Falun Dafa's founder, Mr. Li Hongzhi. When she refused to watch them, an inmate named Han Yue would beat her. Ms. Huang was also injured from sitting on the small stool for so long. Once, Han Yue got on top of her and beat her face viciously.

Han Yue and another inmate named Guan Lijie forced Ms. Huang to remain standing from 5 a.m. until 12 a.m. At lunch and dinner, she was forced to squat down to eat. She was only allowed to use the restroom three times each day. Such torture lasted for 48 days. Her legs became swollen, and her feet were so swollen that her shoes barely fit.

Because Ms. Huang refused to be “transformed,” inmates held her down on a bed while pulling her legs and arms straight up. They would beat her with a wooden board if she lowered her arms or legs. In the end, one of her hips was injured.

She was also tortured with the “stretching bed” repeatedly for more than three months. Her hands and legs were tied to the frame of the bed and stretched until her body lifted off the bed. Despite all this, Ms. Huang still refused to give up the practice of Falun Gong.

Torture Illustration: Stretching Bed.

In their attempt to force her to give up Falun Gong, the inmates once used her clothing to tie her head between her outstretched arms while she was on the “stretching bed.” One hot summer day, Ms. Huang was in extreme pain and feeling suffocated. Her face was purple and dripping with sweat. She passed out. The next day, she was sent to the prison clinic and passed out several times on the way. Since no one was in the clinic on Sundays, she was sent back to the prison. By then, she was unable to move.

When she was taken to the clinic again on Monday, Ms. Huang was diagnosed with a thrombosis in one leg due to prolonged restriction of blood flow. If the blood clot had traveled to her heart, she would have died. Ms. Huang was taken to the Changchun Police Hospital and held for more than a month without much improvement. She was then transferred back to the prison clinic for another month. 

Eventually, she was unable to walk and was bedridden for the remaining two and a half years in prison.

In 2011, Ms. Huang Jinrong was finally released from the Heizuizi Women's Prison.