A pregnant woman was tied up and beaten by a group of residents in a Zhejiang village over the weekend, after she’d reportedly stolen cash from one of their homes days before.
The unidentified woman, 28, had been caught pocketing 900 yuan from a resident’s home in Hengshanqian village at the end of last month, SCMP reports, citing the Taizhou police.
She returned the money and villagers decided to let her off without calling the police because she was expecting a child. When she left town and came back 10 days later on Saturday, however, they seemingly had a change of heart and decided to deal out punishment in their own way.
Video footage circulating online shows the woman tied up to a large pole with her hands behind her back as a villager slaps her, kicks her and pulls her hair until she seemingly gets knocked unconscious.
The person responsible for attacking her is being detained for eight days and has been ordered to pay a fine of 300 yuan, Taizhou police said.
This isn’t the first time physical punishment has been carried out by the public on the streets of China. Last month, a woman believed to be a child trafficker was beaten up and stripped by residents in Hunan.
A year before, residents in a Guangxi village resorted to medieval means of punishment when they forced two teens to kneel on the roadside with ducks dangling from their mouths after they were caught stealing the birds.