By Katie Nelson
Police have announced that the death of the 22 year old girl from Anhui province who fatally fell from a Beijing market building on May 3 was not related to an alleged sexual assault, nor was it murder, despite widely circulated rumors. Police have also apprehended a 28 year old woman surnamed Ma who admitted to initially spreading the rumor, Shanghai Daily reports.
On May 8, a massive civilian protest accompanied by heavy police and paramilitary presence broke out in the Fengtai District of Beijing following the death of a 22 year old Anhui girl who fell to her death from Jingwen Shopping Mall.
Rumors that the woman named Yuan was gang-raped and possibly murdered spread rampantly across microblogs and online reports.
Meanwhile, mass amounts of Anhui residents and migrant workers crowded the Bejing streets in protest. As the Strait Times reports, “The protesters questioned the police account that she committed suicide, suggesting that she would not have jumped.”
Police have now concluded that the death of the girl was not connected to any type of murder or gang rape, as was speculated.
“Police ruled out allegations that she was poisoned, raped or murdered after examining surveillance video footages and conducting an autopsy. But they didn’t say whether she died in an accident or a suicide,” Shanghai Daily reports.
Police have also determined the source of the rumors, a 28 year old woman surnamed Ma, who admitted to writing on her microblog that the woman was gang raped by seven security guards and then jumped to her death, and that police were trying to cover it up.
Police ruled out allegations that she was poisoned, raped or murdered after examining surveillance video footage and conducting an autopsy.
She committed suicide and her relatives didn’t object to the conclusion, police said.
Among the protesters convened outside the market on Wednesday, Yuan’s relatives and boyfriend were seen holding banners that read “The father is severely ill and can’t help his daughter, but Anhui fellows show their support.”