A Pixian family was so enraged over their daughter's choice of boyfriend that they took drastic action to make their feelings clear. Chengdu Commercial Daily has the story:
On the afternoon of December 4, Pixian People's Hospital Surgery Room, Wu Huiming lay still and silent on the hospital bed. Where his left ear should have been was full of gauze. Both of his eyes were purple and swollen. Beside the bed, next to his inflamed right ear was Wang Yinglan, lightly massaging his right hand, which had just been disconnected from the IV drip.
At around 8:30 on the evening of November 28, inside Apt. 306 of the Siyuan Apartments in Pixian's Hongguang Plaza, Wang Yinglan and her boyfriend Wu Huiming were watching TV. Suddenly, there was an urgent knock at the door. Listening, Wang Yinglan realized it was her father Wang Yong's and uncle Wu Dunfu's voices outside the door. "What are they here for?" Feeling a premonition, Wang Yinglan looked over at the bed where Wu Huiming was still lying watching TV. With trembling hands she opened the door.
"Who's this?" Wu Dunfu pushed his way into the room, setting his sights on Wu Huiming at the side of the bed. Without waiting for a reply, Wu Dunfu pushed Wu Huiming off the bed. Seeing her boyfriend on the ground, Wang Yinglan rushed over to protect him. But she was pulled back by her father and knocked to the ground as well.
Wu Huiming still had not gotten up, and Wu Dunfu and Wang Yong pinned him to the bed. With his right hand, Wu Dunfu pulled out a knife and hooted, "All we want is your ear!" With his left hand he pulled on Wu Huiming's right ear, and sliced it off, covering the snow-white wall and downy comforter with fresh blood.
Still on the floor, Wang Yinglan emitted a cry of grief. She turned her head and looked, on the bed, Wu Huiming's face was already full of blood. Without enough time to think, Wang Yinglan used all her force to push herself up from the ground and take her boyfriend into her arms. Under Wang Yinglan's protection, Wu Huiming's other ear was covered, but it wasn't enough to escape a beating.
Immediately Wang Yinglan's father pulled her away, knocking her once more to the floor, and kicking her. And Wu Huiming was pushed to the ground. After beating and kicking him, Wu Dunfu pulled out a jumprope to whip his right ear. After they had their fill, Wang and Wu rested for a moment and then continued beating Wu Huiming and Wang Yinglan. The two begged for mercy to no avail.
Wang Yinglan clearly remembers that night when her uncle was beating her and telling her to confess her wrongdoings. "Do you know what you did?" "What did I do? I just chose the one I like, I want to do what I want to do! I did nothing wrong, but you're going to beat me to death!" "You still don't know!" One hour later, the beating finally stopped. The two let Wu Huiming kneel down and forced him to start writing a "Promise of Separation," stating that the two will never be associated again. At this time Wang Yinglan saw that blood was gushing from the side of her boyfriend's head, and his ear was gone. Pulling at her scarf, she began wrapping his head.
The "Promise of Separation" was written and read, corrected and read again. The notebook was toiled over for hald an hour before the two were finally satisfied. But because neither are very literate, they worried that the words were insincere and called up Wang Yinglan's mother Wu Dunmin and others to look it over. That night at 10 p.m. Wu Dunmin and three others had looked it over and dragged Wang Yinglan home.
After Wang Yinglan was gone, Wang and Wu forced Wu Huiming to write out the "Promise" two times. Not only did they refuse Wu Huiming's requests to go to the hospital but they reminded him to write clearly. It was after 11 p.m. when the business was all settled, the two took their copy of the "Promise" and left. As he went out the door, Wu Dunfu pulled out 200 yuan and dropped it on the floor for Wu Huiming, telling him to take care of his wound.
As soon as they were gone, Wu Huiming searched all over for his ear but could find no trace of it. Pressing his head, Wu Huiming staggered out of the room and found a taxi to take him to the emergency room of Pixian People's Hospital. Because he had a serious injury, after wrapping his injury the doctor sent him to Huaxi Hospital for surgery. Wu Huiming had no choice but to take a taxi to Chengdu.
At Huaxi Hospital Wu was warned that he would have to undergo a two-hour surgery. But there were no vacant beds at Huaxi, so the next morning he was returned to Pixian People's Hospital to continue treatment.
Before all this, Wu Huiming and Wang Yinglan had already had their share of ups and downs in their relationship. Prior to July of this year, Wang Yinglan, who's from Datong, Qingbaijiang, was a student of Qingbaijiang Chuanhua Middle School teacher Wu Huiming. From the beginning of the semester, Wu Huiming had been teaching Wang Yinglan geography. They got to know each other, and developed fondness for each other. But it wasn't until early July when Wang Yinglan graduated high school, that the two started their relationship.
By the middle of July, while flipping through her daughter's diary, Wu Dunmin found out about the relationship and immediately demanded that they break up. wang Yinglan refused twice, and each time she was beaten. Because she had not scored high enough on her high-school exit exam to attend university, in October Wang Yinglan went to work in a factory in Pixian's Hongguang Town. Not long after, Wang Yong and his wife found Wu Huiming and demanded that he cease relations with their daughter or else face the consequences. After thinking it over, Wu Huiming agreed. Because every time they saw each other, his girlfriend would be beaten, the relationship was an endless heartache. In order to prevent his girlfriend from being beaten Wu had no choice but to express his agreement to break up with her, but secretly carry on the relationship.
Perhaps they were found out early on. While Wang Yinglan was at work, Wu Huiming frequently gave her phone calls, saying they must break up. By this time, Wang Yinglan had already not been home in two months. On the day of the incident, Wu Huiming was on holiday, and he'd rushed from Qingbaijiang to Pixian because he hadn't seen his girlfriend yet that week. Who knew what was to come.
On the afternoon of November 30, after repeated warnings from Wu Huiming and Wang Yinglan, Wang Yong turned himself in to the Pixian Hongguang Police Station. Wang Yinglan has also broken away from the confinement of her family, and she can freely go to the hospital to take care of Wu Huiming. On December 2, after repeated call to her uncle Wu Dunfu also turned himself in.
Why were Wang's family so opposed to the pair's relationship? Before, Wang Yinglan's parents always gave Wu Huiming three reasons: 1. He was already divorced; 2. Their daughter was only 19 and he was already 30, an 11-year difference was too big; 3. He was their daughter's teacher, so a relationship was inappropriate. But Wu Huiming says that the real reason was spoken when Wang Yong was beating him: The family had already arranged a marriage for their daughter.
Wu Huiming knew about this engagement from the beginning. While she was in high school, the family had arranged for Wang Yinglan to marry her uncle Wu Dunfu's apprentice Xiao Ceng. Wang Yinglan said she really did not like Xiao Ceng, and after she fell in love with Wu Huiming, she knew she could never be happy with Xiao Ceng. And since beekeeping was her uncle's mainstay, she was completely opposed to the arrangement. Wang Yinglan's attachment and persistent refusal made her uncle furious, making him act out in a frenzy.
On the night of November 30, Wu Huiming's family rushed from Pengzhou Anshun to the hospital. When they saw the battered Wu laid out on the bed tears streamed down their faces. "How could this happen?" Seeing his parents and family like this gave him a second heartbreak. They will pursue justice through the legal system and hope to prevent such events from occurring in the future.
"It's just too savage!" Everybody who hears of Wu Huiming's situation cannot express the anger they feel.
Qingbaijiang Chuanhua Middle School principal Li Jie said that Wu Huiming has worked at the school for eight years, he does his job well and eagerly. But he had no comment about the situation. Yesterday the reporter learned from the police that Wang Yong and Wu Dunfu have been detained but as to how the case will be handled more information about the outcome of Wu Huiming's injuries will be needed.
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