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Family in forced abortion case harassed in China

India TV News Desk 26 Jun 2012, 17:59:43 IST
India TV News Desk
Beijing, Jun 26:  A relative says the Chinese father of a forcibly aborted baby has been beaten and forced into hiding, while his wife and other family members have been labeled traitors by fellow townspeople.

The case in China's Shaanxi province caused an uproar after photos of the mother and dead baby were circulated online, embarrassing the government, which later suspended three local officials.

The officials had forcibly aborted the wife's late-term pregnancy earlier this month because it violated China's tough one-child policy.

Deng Jicai, a sister of the 30-year-old father Deng Jiyuan, said Tuesday that the local government has organized a backlash against the family, calling them traitors and keeping them under surveillance.

She says a man beat up Deng Jiyuan when he tried to travel to Beijing to speak to reporters.