Woman fights back against fondler with posting
Updated: 2005-12-20 09:16
That is the proper way to deal with a man who gropes a woman on the subway?
That is the question many people are asking after
one Shanghai woman took justice into her own hands, posting the picture of
her alleged groper online with a warning to other women to beware of him.
groper's picture was posted online which stired a hot discussion.
The woman, who would only identify herself by the surname Zhang, used her
mobile phone to take a picture of the man after he allegedly grabbed her breast
on a crowded subway car last Tuesday morning. She says the unidentified man
laughed scornfully at her when she glared at him.
She then posted the man's picture on a popular Website where several thousand
people viewed it within hours.
Some of the viewers reacted with great sympathy for Zhang, while others
questioned the legality of posting the man's picture online without his
permission or any strong evidence to back up her allegations.
"I can understand Zhang's feeling if she did meet with the embarrassment," a
man calling himself A Jing wrote in the site's chatroom. "But the key point is
evidence. It is also possible that someone uses such method to take revenge on
or frame up another person he or she doesn't like."
Zhu Miaochun, director of Zhumiaochun Law Firm, said those that commit any
form of sexual harassment deserve to be punished, but he said Zhang should have
reported the incident to police instead of posting the picture online.
Zhu noted that the Law of Protection For Women's Rights and Interests, which
came into effect on December 1, bans sexual harassment towards women and says
victims should lodge a complaint with police or other government departments.
"If Zhang has proof of the man's violation, she can alert police, ask for
arbitration or appeal to the courts," Zhu said. "But she might be involved in
more trouble for putting the suspect's picture online, which likely violated the
man's rights to his image and reputation."
Local police also consider Zhang's practice improper and suggested victims
should alert police and find some witnesses to confirm their story.
"Evidence collection is crucial so that officers can handle the case properly
on the scene," said a rail police department official who asked not to be
identified, adding that they seldom received such reports from women passengers.
He said it is difficult to control groping or other
harassment on subway lines because of the large crowds and quick flow of