RUI'AN, Zhejiang, China—A 13-month-old boy died on Monday after being crushed by a minibus driven by officials from the local Family Planning office.
Eleven Family Planning officials arrived at noon at the home of the boy’s parents, Chen Liandi and Li Yuhong, to demand that the couple pay a “social burden” fine for having the boy. He was the couple’s third child and his birth was considered illegal under the nation’s One-Child Policy.
Mr. Chen told Xinhua, China’s state-run press, that the officials had threatened to detain his wife if they didn’t pay the 30,000 RMB ($4,810 USD) fine at once. They took her into their van as he held his son outside, pleading with them not to detain Ms. Li. When he tried to join her, they pushed him out, knocking his son to the ground. The van rolled over the boy before his father could pull him out of harm’s way.
“When the van began to move, they hadn’t even shut the door,” Mr. Chen told Xinhua. “They were so anxious to grab my wife and go.”
As news of the incident spread, protesters gathered outside the offices the local Family Planning Committee. Xinhua reported that thousands of people came to the gates. The Epoch Times published cell phone images, take by an eyewitness, that show dozens of police inside the compound’s gates:
Today, Xinhua announced that two of the eleven officials were taken into custody late Tuesday in connection with the boy’s death.
Chai Ling, Founder of All Girls Allowed, said, “This boy’s death reveals the inhumanity of the One-Child Policy, which criminalizes motherhood and calls children a ‘social burden.’ Even as Chinese leaders are talking about relaxing the policy, the brutality continues.”
Chai Ling noted that even a proposed two-child policy would have made this boy’s birth illegal since he was the family’s third child. “As long as coercive fines exist, families will face pressure to get rid of ‘out-of-plan’ children.”
Ling called upon authorities to end the Policy and follow the example of Jesus in welcoming children. Jesus said in Matthew 19:14, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
In Hunan Province, another Family Planning office arrested a mother for having an additional child. After she was unable to pay the 20,000 RMB fine, they handcuffed her and took her to their office, where she remains in custody.
Her family protested outside the office and published the following photos on Weibo (a microblogging site) this week to seek her release.
A Chinese story published here lists the woman’s mother’s name and phone number; so far, All Girls Allowed has been unable to reach the family.
Name: Pengxiang Zhen; Mobile Number: 18670214879
All Girls Allowed (http://www.allgirlsallowed.org) was founded by Chai Ling in 2010 with a mission to display the love of Jesus by restoring life, value and dignity to girls and mothers in China and revealing the injustice of the One-Child Policy. “In Jesus’ Name, Simply Love Her.”