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Son of government official sets girl’s face on fire for rejecting his advances

By Mason White 12:51 PM March 24, 2016
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By: Tanya Malhotra
A girl suffered horrific injuries to her face after rejecting her classmate’s sexual advances.

17-year-old Zhou Yan of China, was harassed by her classmate, Tao Rukun, who is the son of a government official, after she refused to have sex with him.
Things became so bad for the girl that her parents transferred her to another school. This made the boy more angry.

One day, Rukun went to the girl’s home in Hefei, and doused her with gasoline before setting her face on fire. The girl suffered burn wounds and was left disfigured.

The boy’s father immediately apologized for his son’s actions and promised to pay for the girl’s medical expenses. However, the girl’s family soon revealed that the government official wanted to give them money only after they sign an agreement to drop all charges against his son.

The family refused the condition, and the boy was later sentenced to 12 years in prison.

The family sued the boy’s family for 4.67 million yuan (about $700,000) for compensation. However, the court only granted them 1.72 million yuan.

The victim’s family believed that the amount was too little, while Tao’s family thought it was still too much money.

Both sides appealed the verdict. On Tuesday, the court ruled in favor of the girl’s family and slightly increased the award to 1.8 million yuan ($277,000).