April 7, 2013 by tonyberkman
At noon on March 13th, 2013, a woman was found dead, hanging inside the local Family planning office in Beizhanglou Village, Taikang County, Henan Province in China. According to family members, her body was covered with scars, indicating she may have been beaten before death.
Forcibly sterilized twice, she had for years suffered chronic pain from these traumatic procedures. Her medication drained the family finances, so she regularly petitioned the Family Planning Office for compensation, to no avail. On March 13, according to her family, Yang was emotionally stable. There was nothing unusual, no reason to believe that she was at risk of suicide. On this day, she went as usual to press her petition at the Family Planning Office.
Late that day, the Family Planning Commission told Yang’s family that she had committed suicide, and that they “found her body hanging at the top of the stairs.” She also appears to…
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