Immediately, after three years of authorized battles, the sexual harassment case that galvanized China’s #MeToo motion was thrown out of courtroom for an alleged “lack of proof.” Standing exterior of Beijing Haidian District Folks’s Courtroom, plaintiff Zhou Xiaoxuan, who goes by the nickname Xianzi, thanked her supporters and vowed that she would attraction the choice.
Xianzi’ s touch upon the failure of her case at present/final night time. She emphasised that the courtroom didn’t grant fundamental procedural justice and that she would undoubtedly attraction. pic.twitter.com/8Ahg5otYw8
— FreeChineseFeminists (@FeministChina) September 14, 2021
— Jiacheng Zhang (@jiachengzhang21) September 14, 2021
The case got here to public consideration in 2018, when Xianzi accused well-known CCTV host Zhu Jun of kissing and groping her in opposition to her will in 2014, whereas she was an intern on the state broadcaster. She sought a public apology and 50,000 yuan ($7,600) in damages, however was repeatedly stonewalled by the courtroom and prevented from presenting proof that might assist her case.
Courtroom dominated in opposition to Xianzi bc of “inadequate proof” however had additionally stonewalled her requests to retrieve video proof & to compel defendant Zhu Jun to seem in courtroom (Xianzi described this in Could: https://t.co/umbnsR5s0O). Beneath is a abstract of a number of the factors she raised pic.twitter.com/G6z3DUopId
— Darius Longarino 龙大瑞 (@DariusLongarino) September 14, 2021
After going public about her expertise, Xianzi confronted extra obstacles and threats: Zhu Jun sued her for damaging his fame, which resulted in her civil case in opposition to him; her mother and father have been threatened and pressured by police to get her to drop the case; and her private Weibo account was blocked, as have been the accounts of different girls’s rights teams who shared posts in regards to the case.
CDT has revealed a lot of translations associated to Xianzi’s case, together with essays posted in 2018 by Xianzi herself and Classmate Maishao, a blogger who helped her story acquire widespread consideration; an interview with Xianzi and accounts from her supporters final December, when her case acquired a courtroom listening to; and an essay posted by Xianzi in Could on the eve of a scheduled second listening to which was then unexpectedly postponed.
Regardless of at present’s resolution, the case has turn out to be a part of the general public authorized file and the general public zeitgeist, setting precedents that would make it simpler for different girls to come back ahead sooner or later. On the Diplomat, Huizhong Wu and Sam McNeil element a number of the ways in which Zhou Xiaoxuan broke new floor by bringing her case to courtroom:
All through, Zhou has pushed to make the courtroom listening to a matter of public file and requested the courtroom order Zhu Jun to seem, citing fundamental authorized procedures.
When she filed the swimsuit in 2018, such complaints have been handled as labor disputes or below different legal guidelines that didn’t relate on to sexual harassment. Zhou’s was termed a “persona rights dispute.”
The courtroom rejected a request by her attorneys to have her case heard below a authorized provision enacted after she filed the swimsuit that explicitly cites sexual harassment.
“I consider that justice in these fundamental procedures is a essential path to take to get a good end result, and all of the efforts we made earlier than the listening to are usually not only for victory, however for a elementary equity,” Zhou wrote on her WeChat social media account on Monday. [Source]
That is very disheartening, however I do not assume all is misplaced. The Xianzi case has garnered a lot consideration. Those that suffered at the moment are extra keen to talk up. Those that did not care at the moment are paying consideration. Feminists and their allies transfer ahead stronger. https://t.co/ApUm9KinxE
— Yaqiu Wang 王亚秋 (@Yaqiu) September 14, 2021