Official kills baby
An official demanding that a couple pay a fine for violating the one-child policy crushed their 13-month-old boy to death with a car, a Mayu county spokesman said yesterday. Authorities in Wenzhou are investigating how the infant ended up beneath the vehicle, the spokesman said. “The family was agitated,” he said. “After starting the car to bring the family to the office to discuss the matter, the official discovered the child had been crushed underneath the car.” The baby was rushed to hospital, but could not be saved, the People’s Daily reported on its Web site, adding that at the time of the accident the mother was sitting in the car and the father was getting in.
Clinic under investigation
Xinhua news agency yesterday said 95 people have been hospitalized after a private clinic gave them injections suspected to be contaminated with hepatitis C. Xinhua says 120 patients who received treatment at a clinic in Liaoning Province were screened for the disease and 95 of those are suspected to have been infected with hepatitis C. Authorities were tipped off that patients who had received varicose vein treatment could be infected, it said, adding the case was being investigated.
Police chief queried
A police chief is alleged to have had at least 192 houses and a fake ID card, the Guangzhou Daily said yesterday. Zhao Haibin, a senior police official in Lufeng, Guangdong Province, was reported by a businessman to have accumulated the properties under his name and his company’s, the paper said. The businessman, Huang Kunyi — who was involved in a dispute with Zhao — also said Zhao used a fake ID card to record a different name on company documents, the paper reported. An official of the Chinese Communist Party’s discipline department for Lufeng said yesterday that Zhao had been investigated, but the inquiry was over and he retained his public offices. Zhao said the properties were owned by his younger brother and that he was only “managing” them for him, the paper said.
Fashionistas lept to the defense of Tokyo-based Singaporean photographer Leslie Kee yesterday after he was arrested for selling books containing pictures of male genitals. Kee was arrested on Monday on suspicion of obscenity after selling the books at his Tokyo gallery. The 41-year-old photographer could be jailed for up to two years and/or fined up to ￥2.5 million (US$27,000) if convicted. By law, genitals must be obscured in pictures. “I am stunned by the news of Leslie Kee’s arrest,” Yamamuro Kazz, a leading fashion journalist and magazine editor, wrote on his Web site. “The legal interpretation of whether genitals were exposed or not [and whether the work is obscene or not] is totally irrelevant to the intention of an artist,” he said. Model Ai Tominaga tweeted “I am shocked. I am shocked for Japan.”
Girl band disbands
An all-girl teenage rock band from Kashmir has decided to split after Grand Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir Bashiruddin Ahmad declared their music to be “un-Islamic” and issued a fatwa calling for them to disband, their manager said yesterday. Pragaash, a three-piece group whose members are still in high school, had been the target of an online hate campaign ever since winning a “Battle of the Bands” contest in December last year.