For Ren Jianyu and others like him, the abolition of the notorious system of re-education through labour, or laojiao, is no cause for celebration.
Yunnan security chief Meng Sutie's announcement suggests a possible end to all use of re-education through labour in the province.
A formal decision is expected to be made in March at the annual NPC/CPPCC sessions in Beijing. Meanwhile, Guangzhou police advocate legalisation of caning.
Guangzhou media reported yesterday that now both the city's mayor and police chief have agreed to publicly declare their assets, if Beijing decides to make the call.
Although any planned changes aren't likely to be formally announced before March, the retraction of the original statement combined with today's news confirms widespread scepticism.
The two men her daughter was able to identify from among her many rapists, Tang says, are being protected by their police colleagues who refuse to launch an investigation.