Falun Gong organisers who induce young people into the self-destructive ways of the outlawed sect should be prosecuted, says a high-ranking official of the China Youth League. At a meeting yesterday, the league and the National Teenage Children's Committee scrutinised national legislation to see which laws could be used against sect members who recruited children. The meeting was also attended by the National People's Congress Legal Affairs Committee, the Ministry of Public Security and leading universities including Beijing University and the People's University. The China Youth Daily said that under the law, people who lead youngsters into crime can be jailed for three to seven years. For offences resulting in a young person's death, the punishment was more severe. China Youth League secretary-general Liu Yong said such legal provisions would be suitable for punishing those behind the attempted group suicide in Tiananmen Square on January 23. A 12-year-old girl suffered severe burns when she and four other purported Falun Gong protesters set themselves alight. The girl's mother died from her injuries. Xinhua claims two of those involved in the incident have expressed surprise at their betrayal by sect leader Li Hongzhi. It said they could not believe New York-based Mr Li had claimed they and their fellow protesters did not belong to the movement. The news agency also claimed Hao Huijun, who was badly burned, did not regret that her daughter, Chen Guo, 19, was seriously injured. Ms Hao, along with the alleged instigator of the group suicide attempt, Wang Jindong, remained loyal to Falun Gong, said Xinhua. According to Xinhua, Ms Chen and the 12-year-old, Liu Siying, said they regretted taking the action. The four females involved are still receiving intensive care at Jishuitan Hospital in Beijing. Mr Wang, who of the five was said to be in the best condition, has been transferred to a hospital run by the Ministry of Public Security pending legal action, Xinhua said.