Even as little as 5 years ago, he might just have gotten away with it - a high-ranking official, in a Government where corruption is said to be rife.
The "man" (for want of a better word) in question gets into an altercation with an 11-year-old girl in a restaurant. He then reportedly follows her into the toilet and grabs her by the neck, but she manages to wriggle free and runs back to her parents.
Her father, understandably, is upset, and retaliates on the man who assaulted his daughter. The man, an important public official, tries to buy off the family and offers the father money, with the response,
"Yes I did it, so what? How much do you want, just tell me. I'll give you the money. Do you know who I am? I am from the Ministry of Transport. I rank with the Mayor of your city. So what if I grabbed the neck of a small child? You people count for ****!"
This astonishing scene took place yesterday in Shenzen, China; a country often criticized for it's "closed shop" secrecy, corrupt politicians and human rights abuses.
But thanks to the Internet, ordinary citizens are fighting back. Only hours after the CCTV images were posted on YouTube, angry internet viewers had soon tracked down and named the aggressor, who has since been fired from his job - the reason being that "[his] wild words and behaviour have had an extremely negative impact on society".
Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, it is now no longer possible to hide one's misdemeanours behind the facade of middle-classness, wealth, education or political power. And this is especially true when it comes to the abuse or maltreatment of children.
Because now the whole world can watch - and question. And keep on questioning, until there are answers.
And hopefully make a difference.
Justice for Madeleine - and all neglected and abused children, everywhere.
Posted by ratonthebeam on Justice for Maddie and the Twins blog