Thu, Jan 31, 2013 - Page 3 News List

Child abuse case jail terms cut

RULING UPROAR:The High Court said as the accused had shown some conscience, it was reducing some sentences, outraging family members, rights groups and netizens

By Yang Kuo-wen and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with Staff writer

“It’s as if the court is saying that if a potential murderer were to dismember a victim then take the dismembered parts to the hospital, he or she would still have some humanity and morality in them,” Liang said.

Children Welfare League Foundation executive director Chen Li-ju (陳麗如) said she could not understand the grounds on which the second ruling was reached.

“It’s a bad example for any future ruling in similar cases and it’s incredibly unfair to children who die from abuse,” Chen said.

Many netizens were extremely critical of the ruling.

A netizen going by the handle “koyuri” said: “No wonder there are more and more cases of child abuse in Taiwan; these judges should all go to hell for making the decisions they have made,” adding that perhaps the judges’ views on the case would change if their children had also been subject to the same treatment Wang Hao had received.

Additional reporting by Hsieh Wen-hua and Wu Sheng-ju

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