Shenzhen Satellite Television reports that a 13 year old girl who fell from a fifth-floor dormitory window on August 7 died from her injuries.
Numerous questions arise from the case, not least: what the hell was a 13 year old doing in a factory dormitory? The minimum working age in China is 16. The girl, surnamed Cao, was not simply visiting the dorm, reports suggest that she worked at a nearby packing plant.
More disturbingly, Cao was the only girl sharing a dorm with four male roommates.
Parallels have been drawn to the death of Yuan Liya in Beijing in May. Yuan died after falling from the roof of a clothing market. Though police officially classed the death as a suicide, rumours abounded that Yuan had been raped and murdered, and many accused the police of engaging in a coverup.
According to her father, Cao – who left her Guangdong hometown in July to seek work – had quarrelled with her roommates just before her death after she refused to do their laundry.
Local police have ruled out homicide and there is no evidence of sexual assault, though it is still unclear how Cao fell from the window, People’s Daily reports.