A Chinese nursery school teacher was sentenced to death for poisoning 25 children, one of whom died after 10 months in hospital. Wang Yun, 37, was arrested last year after children from a kindergarten in Jiaozuo City, Henan Province, east-central China, were rushed to hospital after eating their porridge.
The Jiaozuo Intermediate People’s Court explained that the woman put sodium nitrate in the children’s breakfast followed by a colleague of hers in revenge after an argument. A substance often used as a food additive for seasoning meat, but which can be toxic in high quantities.
It wasn’t the first time Ms. Wang had poisoned people, the court added, referring to a previous incident in which she bought nitrate online and poisoned her husband who suffered minor injuries. His conduct was described as “despicable and cruel”. The episode, which took place on March 27 last year, had had a wide echo in China and the news had gone around the world.
The Asian giant therefore continues to use the death penalty. China “always maintains the first place on the horrible podium of the first three executioner countries in the world, but there is a” trend towards the reduction of capital punishment which reflects the international trend towards the abandonment of this archaic practice “. Sergio D’Elia, secretary of Hands Off Cain, comments on the latest news coming from the Asian giant with a population of almost 1.4 billion inhabitants.
The true extent of the use of the death penalty in China is not known since the data is classified as a state secret, human rights organizations have always warned. The estimate of about “2,000 sentences per year – says D’Elia – is based on the sentences of the Supreme Court”, is an estimate “based on very indirect data”. And, “in terms of the number of inhabitants”, China “is not the world champion of the death penalty. It is so only in absolute terms ». Because, says D’Elia, “if we were to consider the relationship with the number of inhabitants, in the first place there is Iran, which instead practices the death penalty in a more indiscriminate way”. And here, he concludes, “every year about 400-500 executions are carried out”.