Moderator: It is only a matter of time before a prosecutor tacks on “torture” to hazing charges.
A group of Chinese study-abroad students in Los Angeles, California, are standing trial for allegedly kidnapping and torturing a fellow student, the Beijing News reported on June 12, 2015.
Zhai Yunyao, Zhang Xinlei and Yang Yuhan–all whom were born in 1996–along with three other minors, are accused of abducting and torturing fellow study-abroad student, surnamed Liu, on March 30 in the Rowland Heights area of LA. Four others suspected of taking part in the criminal act are still at large.
According to Liu’s statement to police, given on June 3, she was lured by a primary-school peer to “discuss something.” Liu was then reportedly forced into a car and taken to a nearby park.
There, Liu said she was beaten by a group of girls and stripped naked by Yang Yuhan. Liu’s nipples were then burned with lit cigarettes. Liu recalled that one girl tried to set her hair on fire, but it wouldn’t ignite because the girls doused Liu repeatedly with cold water.
The girls then cut Liu’s hair off and forced her to eat the hair. She was then forced to the ground and made to eat sand. Liu said one of the girls was capturing the assault on a mobile phone.
The torturing lasted five hours; the assault left Liu seriously injured.