Pros­e­cu­tors Un­der Fire for ‘Par­don­ing' Rape

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Pros­e­cu­tors in Lushan County, He­nan Prov­ince, have been heav­ily crit­i­cized af­ter they re­vealed that they “suc­cess­fully” helped two un­der­age par­ties in­volved in a rape case to “make up with each other.” Pros­e­cu­tors said that the 17-year-old sus­pect had al­legedly raped the 16-year-old vic­tim on im­pulse and both par­ties had re­turned to school fol­low­ing me­di­a­tion and psy­cho­log­i­cal coun­sel­ing. Pros­e­cu­tors felt it was an ac­com­plish­ment as the sus­pect's par­ents sent them a ban­ner as a re­ward. Ne­ti­zens, how­ever, viewed it as per­vert­ing the law, say­ing that if an act of rape could be par­doned, could mur­der? Amid the crit­i­cism, the pros­e­cu­tor's of­fice said their words had been in­ap­pro­pri­ate, and that the sus­pect had been re­leased on bail. Sev­eral days later, the sus­pect was in­dicted for his al­leged crime, although ne­ti­zens said that if the case were not made pub­lic, they doubted lo­cal pros­e­cu­tors would have done so.

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