A 20-year-old woman has received 1.72 million yuan in compensation after being set on fire and severely disfigured by a classmate, who’d attacked her after she rejected his romantic advances.
Zhou Yan studied at the same school as Tao Rukun in the Anhui capital of Hefei when the tragedy occurred four years ago. Zhou had refused the then 17-year-old’s attempts to court her on several occasions, and her parents even arranged for her to transfer to another school to avoid him.
Tao responded by going to the teen’s home, pouring kerosene on her and setting her aflame. The victim suffered second- and third-degree burns covering more than 30 percent of her body, and her face has been left disfigured after the assault.
Tao was jailed for 12 years. His parents, both government officials in Hefei, have now been ordered to pay Zhou 1.72 million yuan in compensation, SCMP said.
According to reports, Tao’s mother and father had initially refused to pay for the victim’s medical fees unless her family agreed to sign a document calling for their son’s release.
In a more recent case, a man shot a mother and her daughter to death in Shaanxi province after he’d been spurned by the woman.
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