Rights group says detainee tied, beaten

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 October, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 October, 2004, 12:00am

A Shanghai woman who violated the one-child policy has been mistreated in detention after being sentenced for a series of protests, a US human rights group said yesterday.

Shanghai authorities sentenced Mao Hengfeng to 18 months of re-education through labour in April after she tried to petition the government, Human Rights in China said. It alleged she had been bound, suspended in mid-air and beaten while in detention.

Officials could not be reached for comment yesterday due to the National Day holiday.

Mao claims she was unfairly dismissed from her factory job in 1988 for becoming pregnant with a second child.

The Shanghai labour arbitration committee originally ruled in her favour, but a local court overruled the decision.

The rights group said Mao resisted pressure from her employer to abort her second child. Authorities later convinced her to terminate a third pregnancy.

In the past 15 years, she has petitioned various government bodies over her dismissal. The authorities have placed her in detention or psychiatric hospitals several times.