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 have been severely beaten. Her dead body was covered with bruises, and her neck was nearly severed by the wire rope from which she was hanging. She had also left her home with several thousand Yuan but the money could not be found.
“About 2:00, they secretly used a 120 ambulance and moved her body to the morgue room of the County Hospital, but didn’t notify us.” says Zhao Zhang, Yang’s son. Yang’s family was not informed of the situation until after 5:00 pm.
But what really happened in there at the family planning office? There are more questions than answers.
What was Yang doing at the top of the stairs in the Family Planning Office, for an extended period of time, by herself? Was she free to wander unsupervised around the Family Planning Office, with enough time to find a wire rope, attach it securely to the ceiling or another fixture, create a noose and hang herself – all this in a state of weakness and pain caused by the beatings? Why did no one discover that Yang was in the process of hanging herself at the top of the stairs (not in a hidden closet) and stop her? Where is her money?
Yang leaves behind four children and her elderly, sick parents.
This is just one case where a woman dies when dealing with family planning offices. Recently the Chinese Communist Party admitted that they have performed 336 million abortions under the One Child Policy. And another staggering fact is that they also admitted to performing 196 million sterilizations.
These sterilizations too often leave women butchered and suffering…