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Kindergarten abuses prompt calls for new legislation

By Guo Kai and Liu Linlin (Global Times)

07:59, October 30, 2012

Lawyers and members of the public have demanded new child abuse provisions be added to China's criminal code as police in Wenling, Zhejiang Province applied Monday to arrest a child-abusing kindergarten teacher using the charge "provoking a disturbance."

Local police, who placed the teacher in custody on Thursday last week, submitted the arrest application to the People's Procuratorate of Wenling on Monday, Chen, a police officer, told the Global Times.

Yan Yanhong, the 21-year-old teacher, triggered public outrage after pictures were circulated online showing her lifting a boy called "Jiangjiang" by his ears in the air, with the teacher smiling but the boy seeming tobe crying in agony.

Her personal blog contained other photos showing her mistreating children, including pictures of her taping a child's mouth shut, putting pupils in trash bins and stripping off their pants while they were dancing, as well as images of the children being forced to kiss each other.

Yan has been detained and the private kindergarten she worked for has been shut down, with the principal being removed, Xinhua reported.

Jiangjiang's mother said that she had never imagined the teacher could treat her son like that. But she was afraid to report the abuse then because she thought Yan would treat Jiangjiang even worse, CCTV reported.

The existing Criminal Law does not include a specific "child abuse" law. The closest item for Yan's offense is "provocative and disturbing behavior," which is punishable with a maximum of five years in prison.

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