Proving your love for your spouse has reached new heights of absurdity after a woman deliberately faked her own kidnapping in order to see how much her husband really loved her.
The couple, 43-year-old housewife Huang Lan and husband You Jiang, 52, lives in Dasheng Town of Chongqing’s Yubei District and have two daughters. On June 12th, Huang Lan moved into her sister-in-law’s house to find a new job. Ten days later, she called her husband to discuss potential places for employment. It was later in the evening that You Jiang’s sister called her brother to tell him that Huang had disappeared.
Distraught, the husband repeatedly called his wife, but the calls went unanswered. He had also asked around with family friends and neighbors on Huang Lan’s whereabouts, but with no avail.
Things came to a boiling point when, on the evening of June 23rd, You Jiang received a call from Huang, who spoke in a muzzled voice. “Please don’t kidnap me, I know you are from Changshou,” she sobbed.
The husband immediately phoned the local police station, which sent out a team of 10 police officers to rescue her. At the same time, You Jiang continued to call his wife’s phone, with one of their daughters pleading with the kidnapper to let her mom go. However, the abductor never spoke on the calls.
Eventually, the rescue team was increased to 29 police officers. Preparing for the worst, the officers were fully armed as they conducted house-to-house investigations. Eventually, all evidence pointed to a village near Changshou district.
The police had been informed that Huang’s ex brother-in-law lived in the area. They made several calls to his house, but each time the person on the other end of the line hung up. Suspecting that he had kidnapped and brought her to the nearby mines (he works as a miner), the team investigated the area, only to find it empty.
It was then that they walked around the village, only to find Huang strolling casually along its streets, acting as if nothing had occurred. Her former brother-in-law later explained that Huang had been in his home all along and had been repeatedly hanging up the phone whenever anybody called. When asking about her intentions, she fled the house, only to then bump into the rescue team.
Huang was later questioned by police, in which she revealed that the whole kidnapping was entirely staged:
Police: Don’t you know that everyone has been looking for you?
Huang: I do, I also know that the police were looking for me, but I didn’t want you to find me, I thought that it was pretty fun.
Police: Does your husband not treat you well?
Huang: My husband treats me well most of the time, he won’t even let me do the housework. Currently he has back problems, yet he still works and tries to subsidize his spending. We have not argued before.
Police: So what is your purpose behind doing this?
Huang: I just wanted to test him and see how much he loves me.
Huang was promptly detained for 10 days for her mischievous antics.
Psychology expert Gang Tianqiang told Chongqing Evening News that Huang is a perfect example of an “urban empty person,” who leads a boring, monotonous and lonely life. He advises those who might suffer from this condition to do more outdoor activities and interact more with relatives and friends in order to relieve boredom and increase social interaction.
Yet, as always, netizens are a lot more critical of Huang’s behavior:
“She really deserves to be detained for wasting police manpower and resources,” one Weibo user commented.
“This woman has a problem, she focuses too much on how other people think of her. The main point though is that she has wasted police resources and thus should be detained,” another argued.
Another web user pointed to the fact that Huang’s acts closely followed a popular Japanese TV drama: “She must have watched too much of My Dangerous Wife.”
Well, the only good thing to come out of this is that at least she didn’t slice off her finger as means to “prove” her kidnapping, as was the case for this filial son.
By Arnie Yung
[Images via Chongqing Evening News]