by Yining Su
A man has been arrested for pricking women with a syringe in shopping malls in Heilongjiang province. Meanwhile, in a completely different case in Zhejiang, another man was arrested for stabbing women on public buses with sewing needles.
In neither case do the suspects appear to be motivated by a desire to provide free acupuncture.
According to China Daily, police in Wenzhou, Zhejiang arrested a 25 year old construction worker surnamed Xu for sticking a needle into a woman on a public bus.
Meanwhile, 3,151 kilometres to the north, in the city of Qitaihe, Heilongjiang, a 26 year old man named Zhang was arrested on suspicion of pricking five women with a syringe, according to the Shanghai Daily.
In the Wenzhou case, Xu apparently operated under the belief that stabbing strange women with needles was a good way to persuade them to date him. According to China Daily, Xu said:
he stabbed the women with needles to “attract attention” and hoped it would lead to a relationship.
Xu was arrested after a woman found a 4-5 cm-long needle in her hip and alerted police.
In the Qitaihe case, the suspect, Zhang, is said to have hidden behind curtains in shopping malls in order to sneak up on women. Zhang apparently told police “he pricked young women for excitement”. He was arrested at an internet cafe, where he had gone to view porn.
Victims in both cases were understandably worried about the spread of infection, particularly HIV, but luckily it seems that Xu and Zhang, whatever their creepy proclivities about sticking women with needles, at least kept them clean.
(In the article on Zhang, the Shanghai Daily displays a curious lack of understanding of HIV and AIDS. The article refers twice to the “AIDS virus”, ignoring accepted medical terminology and the guidance of basically every journalistic style guide there is.)