A 40-year-old woman was spotted yesterday tied up outside at a meat market in Nanning, Guangxi province. Vendors say that they bound the woman to teach her a lesson because she was always stealing something.
After the woman was caught yesterday pilfering some meat, it was apparently the final straw for vendors at the local market, who proceeded to tie her up to a bike rack and tape a piece of paper to her back reading, “I am a thief who steals pork and mutton!”
Local police eventually arrived to rescue the woman and take her to the police station.
The act of public humiliation has generated a heated debate on the Chinese internet with many saying that the vendor’s treatment of the woman was simply inhumane, while others called the punishment justified.
“What kind of country do we live in that this could happen to someone? Where is the ‘Rule of Law,'” questioned one netizen from Hubei.
“I applaued this punishment. If she did not want to be publicly humiliated, then she should not have committed theft,” argued another netizen from Shandong.
Last month, a mother in Zhejiang paraded her runaway teenage son through the streets in chains.
Officially, public humiliation has been used recently as a form of punishment in China, specifically to shame jaywalkers by forcing them to “wear the green hat.”
[Images via Sina]