Brutal beating documented by human rights group

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Charlie Butts, Staff (

Christian human rights organization ChinaAid is reporting the violent attack on a father of three by Chinese family planning officials.

ChinaAid identified the beating victim as Zhang Futao, a farmer from Jiangsu province. He suffered a fractured skull and a brain hemorrhage at the hands of at least 20 family planning officials on May 15.

"More than 20 one-child policy, family-planning officials invaded their home and violently beat him," says ChinaAid spokesman Mark Shan.

So far in 2013 there have been five reported incidents of brutality, mostly against women, including forced abortions and forced sterilizations, Shan tells OneNewsNow. There are many injuries and deaths that go unreported in China, he adds.

After the beating Futao was taken by family members to a hospital, where he was listed in critical condition and where the hospital demanded the equivalent of $30,000 to perform surgery.

Zhang Futao and his wife are the parents of two girls, ages 12 and 4, and a son, 6.  


ChinaAid was founded by Pastor "Bob" Xiqiu Fu, who fled China in 1996 after he and his wife were imprisoned for "illegal evangelism" by the Chinese government.

In a February story for OneNewsNow, Pastor Fu reported there were 132 documented persecution cases involving nearly 5,000 people of faith in 2012.  

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