Recently, kung fu master Leung Ting was sentenced to two months in prison for beating his girlfriend Rita Lip Sik-ying. He said the court did not have the facts and a full picture of the incident. He accused Lip of having inflicted injuries to her face and neck herself.
Kowloon deputy magistrate Ko Wai-hung did not believe him and neither do I. I think this is clearly a case of domestic violence.
Leung has done enormous damage to his career and his reputation. But, more importantly, this is a reminder of a serious social problem.
I think it was right Leung was convicted. It reminds us how serious the issue of family violence is. It is also a warning to violent people that their behaviour is unacceptable, and that victims can speak up and defend themselves. If you ever find yourself a victim of domestic violence, speak up.
Rosita Chu Ying-shan, Our Lady Of The Rosary College
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Rosita. Violence is terrible in any setting, but when it involves vulnerable people, like women, children, the elderly or the disabled, it is much worse. We tend to think this sort of violence happens only in poor countries, not in our home city. But it does.
We are lucky we live in a society that takes the protection of women and vulnerable people very seriously. This means anyone who is being abused, physically or in other ways, can reach out for help and know the government will protect them. In many other countries this is not possible. These countries are often poverty stricken, some believe, because of their policies towards their women. If women are not given equal rights, education and shelter, half the population is vulnerable to calamity. Once again, we can see how lucky we are to be living in Hong Kong.