(Minghui.org) Two Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province residents were scheduled to appear in court on December 11, 2019 for their faith in Falun Gong. It’s not immediately clear whether the hearing took place and what the outcome was.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Ms. Li Dongmei and Ms. Geng Shulan were arrested on July 18, 2019 after being reported for talking to people about Falun Gong.

The Qiaoxi District Procuratorate indicted them on October 11 and submitted their cases to Qiaoxi District Court.

Since their detention at Shijiazhuang City No.2 Detention Center on July 20, 2019, both women have been subjected to various torture methods and have developed some health issues as a result.

Ms. Geng was handcuffed and shackled for three days. As the guards chained the handcuffs and shackles together, she was unable to stand up and had 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.

The guards didn’t allow Ms. Geng’s lawyer to visit her and ordered the inmates to beat her. Her ribs ached for a few days. She was later force fed when she held a 14-day hunger strike to protest the persecution.

Ms. Li also held a hunger strike and refused to answer roll call to protest the arbitrary detention. The inmates beat her for more than a week. The guards also deprived her of outdoor activities, shopping for daily necessities and taking showers. Her blood pressure shot up to dangerously high levels, and she suffered from headaches, numbness in her left arm and a fever.

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