Young Woman Suffers Mental Breakdown Following Untold Torture and Rape

State-sanctioned “Brainwashing” Employs Systematic Torture on Falun Gong Practitioners to Force Them to Renounce Beliefs

11 Aug 2004

NEW YORK (FDI) – Thirty-two-year-old Ms. Zhu Xia cries, laughs, and often bangs on doors and windows madly. She soils her clothing uncontrollably, and has frequent hallucinations, tossing and turning restlessly amidst unseen enemies.

Family members described 32-year-old Zhu Xia has “healthy and vibrant” before untold torture and rape in police custody made her suffer a mental breakdown.

Family members described 32-year-old Zhu Xia has “healthy and vibrant” before untold torture and rape in police custody made her suffer a mental breakdown.

At night Zhu often throws her arms around her head defensively, screaming “Are you going to rape me?”

She has removed her blankets to sleep in the cotton fibers of her matress and often curses “those terrible men,” muttering she “can't take it anymore.”

This is not the young woman her family members described as “healthy and vibrant” before the police took her away because she practices Falun Gong.

Like hundreds of thousands – perhaps millions – of others in China, Zhu was detained by Chinese authorities and sent to brainwashing classes in order to force her to renounce Falun Gong.

She was held at the Pi County Brainwashing Center in Xinjin County, Sichuan Province.

On April 2, 2004, Pi Country authorities released Zhu. According to her family, Zhu’s mental and physical well-being had been devastated, and she had suffered a complete mental breakdown.

Zhu screams, cries uncontrollably after being released from a brainwashing center where she was held for practicing Falun Gong

Zhu screams, cries uncontrollably after being released from a brainwashing center where she was held for practicing Falun Gong

Zhu is no longer able to take care of herself, and is under the care of her mother.

The exact details of what Zhu went through in the Pi Country Brainwashing Center are unknown, although family members say her mental state and behavior leave little doubt she suffered untold torture and was repeatedly raped.

Thousands of eye-witnesses and victims have documented severe and systematic tortures used on Falun Gong practitioners in order to force them to renounce their beliefs. Such methods include shocks with electric batons often in senstive areas such as the genitals, anus and mouth, violent beatings with pipes, burning with hot irons, rape and gang rape.

At the Dalian forced labor camp, numerous reports say women detainees have been hung spread-eagle from the ceiling as sticks and pepper oil are shoved into their vaginas – a torture technique known as “hip-splitting.” (news) The men are stripped naked and shocked with electric batons shortly after being doused with water to intensify the electric currents.