Father of forced abortion victim details harrowing escape story, threatens to sue
BEIJING, CHINA, July 2, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Chinese woman photographed lying next to her forcibly aborted child may be in declining health, and her husband – who recently escaped imprisonment at a hospital – promises to make Beijing face justice over its murderous one-child policy.
Deng Jiyuan, 29, said he was beaten three times while he and his wife were held under guard in the Shaanxi Zhenping County hospital. He escaped the facility on his third attempt, after a village official left to use the telephone. He said he tried but was unsuccessful in bringing Feng with him.
Deng told the London Telegraph he removed the SIM card and battery from his cell phone and set out on foot. After losing a woman on a motorcycle, he laid low for two days at a friend’s house. “I did not sleep or get any new clothes,” he said. “I could not risk being arrested.”
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That began a series of long car and train trips. “Every time we saw police, we stopped and I would get out and walk along the river until we had passed them,” he said. After driving as much as 10 hours at a time in a rented car, he took a train to Beijing to secure legal counsel.
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His lawyer, Zhang Kai, said while he had been hired to pursue the case, “We just haven’t decided yet exactly [how] to pursue this lawsuit.”
The government has offered no compensation for the loss of their child, extending only vague “living expenses.” Deng’s sister, Deng Jicai, said government apparatchiks have canceled even these discussions until her brother returns home.
Feng’s sister-in-law said she was worried “that Feng’s situation is worsening again. She has low blood pressure, frequent headaches, and stomachaches.”
Last month the world became acquainted with the image of 23-year-old Feng Jianmei, when Chinese authorities forcibly aborted her seven-month-old unborn child by injection.
The entire family faced danger after officials learned that her husband had uploaded the picture, which presented the burgeoning superpower in a negative light.
Things got much worse after the family accepted an interview with the German magazine Stern, agreeing to give the details behind the grisly process that took place because the couple could not pay a 40,000-yuan fine ($6,300). Soon, a crowd of protesters gathered outside their home brandishing a banner that read, “Severely beat the traitors and expel them.” The crowd kicked a family member who tried to drive away.
Jicai said “more than a dozen” local minders would spy on Feng’s family. “They wouldn’t actually stop us from doing anything, but they would follow us wherever we went,” she said.
Although the crowds have dispersed, the family remains in fear and unsatisfied by Beijing’s lukewarm response.