Crimes against women on the rise

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By YANY­IQI in Hangzhou yany­iqi@chi­

The public and ex­perts are call­ing for more pro­tec­tion for women af­ter a re­port showed that they were vic­tims in an in­creas­ing per­cent­age of crimes.

The Na­tional Bureau of Statis­tics re­ported on Tues­day that women were vic­tims in 35.8 per­cent of crim­i­nal cases in 2013, up from 33.3 per­cent in 2010.

“Cases in­volv­ing sex­ual abuse of girls, vi­o­lence and young women go­ing miss­ing have oc­curred fre­quently in re­cent years. Pro­tect­ing women from be­ing vic­tims of crime re­mains an im­por­tant task,” said the re­port.

Zhu Xuhong, a re­searcher of women’s stud­ies at the Zhe­jiang Academy of So­cial Sciences, said that the gen­der im­bal­ance, rel­a­tively low ed­u­ca­tional lev­els in ru­ral ar­eas and im­proper me­dia pub­lic­ity of crimes against­wom­enare all be­hind the rise in cases.

So­ci­ety should take mea­sures to pro­tect women, she said.

“We have been con­demn­ing the crim­i­nals, but we sel­dom teach women how to pro­tect them­selves. I think ev­ery woman should take com­pul­sory self-de­fense lessons,” she said.

Zhu said that self-de­fense tools should be pro­vided to women in ev­ery com­mu­nity, while women-friendly ser­vices should be adopted.

“In Seoul, cap­i­tal

of South Korea, a body­guard ser­vice for sin­gle women who are off duty be­tween 10pmto 1 amis avail­able. I think we should also in­tro­duce this ser­vice in China, or at least add pa­trol forces at night,” she said.

Shen Bing, 28, has been teach­ing her 18-month-old daugh­ter that­nooneis al­lowed to touch her pri­vate parts.

“The news that lit­tle girls have been sex­u­ally as­saulted or ha­rassed just haunts me. I think our coun­try should have stricter laws,” she said.

Shen­said that­suchcrim­i­nals should re­ceive heav­ier pun­ish­ments and that chem­i­cal cas­tra­tion should be in­tro­duced in China, “so that no one would dare to do such things”.

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