Monday, 22. September 2014
23. 05. 14. - 16:00
A pushy father is under arrest in China for beating his daughter to death because she copied someone else's school homework.
Police say it was an example of a parent who wanted to push his child to succeed going too far. All across China the pressure is mounting on children to do well at school because of the hunger for qualified workers.
But the father in this case, shown here prostrating himself on the floor to beg forgiveness at the hospital, went too far. Ye Hung, 35, tied up his child with rope and beat her savagely in his home in Hangzhou City in Zhejiang Province in the east of China.
He then went outside for fresh air, but when he went back in to untie her she had stopped breathing. The 11-year-old Chou had suffered a heart attack and lost her fight for life after 12 hours in hospital.
"The father knelt at the bedside of his daughter, mortified at what he had done," said a police spokesman. "He was praying to all the gods he knew that she would get better. He was a pushy father who went too far. It was no premeditated murder.
The father's cousin Park Jen, 37, said: "He was an otherwise responsible father and cared for the girl’s study, he sent her to school every day and seldom beat the girl in daily life. He loved kids very much but also believed they must do well at school, which means not copying anyone's homework. That kind of cheating made him mad."
According to the girl’s teacher, Chou was "sweet" most of the time, although her academic performance was often wanting and she had been punished in the past for submitting homework that was not her own.
Her father is not in jail, although he is under arrest and being questioned by police. A spokesman described it as a "difficult case" as it was clear the man had not wished to kill his child, and would probably even have laid down his own life to have her back.
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