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Chinese woman sues police for wrongly accusing her of being Vietnamese fraudster

Officers falsely suspected she was a foreigner trying to get a Chinese passport for her daughter, because of her accent

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 September, 2016, 1:15pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 September, 2016, 2:36pm

A woman is suing the police and her local authority in northern China after she was wrongly accused of being Vietnamese and fraudulently trying to pass herself off as Chinese to claim a passport for her daughter, a news website reported.

The row led to the cancellation of the woman’s household registration in Xinmi in Henan province, Jiemian.com reported.

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The woman, Cao Shuhua, was born in Henan in 1979, but went to work in Vietnam 14 years ago and became fluent in Vietnamese.

She and her husband are based in another part of Henan, but she returned to her home area to apply for a passport for her five-year-old daughter, the report said.

“I was asked where I was from. I said I was from Henan, but the other person said that from their experience my accent sounded Vietnamese,” the woman told the website.

The woman started arguing with the police who confiscated her identity card and household registration book. Her husband and father were also questioned by the police.

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Her household registration book was returned last month, stamped invalid.

A court has agreed to hear her case asking for the cancellation of the household registration to be annulled and for 30,000 yuan (HK$35,000) in damages to be awarded, the report said.