Global Times – Metro Beijing - - TWO CENTS -

“I told him that the park­ing lot was too cold and he could go to my apart­ment where no­body else was there.”

So said a woman sur­named Meng who used her wit to thwart a would-be rapist late last year. Meng was go­ing home at about 3 am af­ter work­ing the night shift in Novem­ber last year when a man sur­named Huo spot­ted her entering a res­i­den­tial com­pound in Haid­ian district. Huo was drunk af­ter hav­ing din­ner with his friends and fol­lowed her into the el­e­va­tor in her build­ing. Huo pressed the but­ton for un­der­ground floor B2, and Meng pressed the but­ton for the third floor. The el­e­va­tor went to the lower floor first, and when the door opened at B2, Huo forced Meng to get out and at­tempted to rape her in the park­ing lot. Meng pre­tended to com­ply and in­vited him to her home in­stead. Huo agreed, and when they neared Meng’s apart­ment, she shouted for help in the cor­ri­dor, which caused Huo to run away. He was ar­rested on De­cem­ber 20 by lo­cal po­lice and was re­cently pros­e­cuted. (Source: The Bei­jing Morn­ing Post)

Il­lus­tra­tions: Peter C. Es­pina/GT

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