A man, surnamed Jun, has reportedly been detained for raping and molesting elderly women in Central China’s Henan province. The oldest victim was 95 years old.
This granny groper has reportedly molested vulnerable, old women more than 40 times since 2011. He used a variety of methods to break into their homes, including pre-emptively cutting electric wires, forcing open doors and locks, climbing over walls and fences, and even digging holes in walls.
Heartbreakingly, many of the victims failed to report the sexual assaults Wang as most had big families with children and grandchildren and wanted to avoid embarrassment. However, in March 2014, 3 years since his attacks began, one women came to the Yemiao Village police station to report a rape. The 83-year-old, surnamed Yang, was reportedly trembling as she walked in.
An investigation into this claim found that Yang wasn’t the only woman who had been attacked, and on May 27, Shangqiu Xiayi County’s Public Security Bureau arrested the suspect. According to Jun’s confession, he’d been targeting the “empty nesters” (generally older people whose children have moved out of the home and elderly widows).
Shangqiu city, Xiayi county, where the attacks occurred is being labeled as the “leftover village” as the men are working outside the village, leaving the elderly unattended and vulnerable – a situation that could become increasingly common as China’s aging population grows, and the willingness to take care of them plummets.
By Sophie Regan