Anhui officials hate peasant being buried after death in the earth, excavate the grave open and burns his body on the spot


Chinese Society  Updated:Fri, Dec 27, 2013 19:31 PM   By Bernd Chang


Forced cremation,Burning corpse

The corpse of the dead was excavated from his grave and set on fire. 

Officials in Jingxian, Anhui province sparked outrage after exhuming the grave of a dead old peasant and cremating his corpse on the spot.

Cheng Zhaomu, an old peasant of Jingxian county, Anhui province died on December 13th and according to his will, his children placed his body in a coffin and buried him in the earth on the early morning of December 16th, Anhui TV reported.

But when officials in local civil affairs government department was informed of his burial in the earth, they issued a notice to his children and demanded his body be cremated before December 18th, otherwise his body would be forcefully cremated.

When the children of Cheng Zhaomu did not follow the order, a troupe of civil affairs officials, workers of the officially designated funeral parlors, police and armed police, took cars, buses and fire-engines to the spot where Cheng Zhaomu was buried. Without notifying the children of the dead peasant, the officials cordoned off the area, excavated Cheng Zhaomu’s grave open, poured gasoline to his wooden coffin, and set fire to it.

The coffin had been burned to ashes before relatives of Cheng Zhaomu came and tried to protect his body and last dignity.

The forced burning of the dead peasant caused fierce conflicts between the relatives of Cheng Zhaomu and the officials, if not violent, according to Anhui TV.

Cheng Yinzhu, the daughter of the dead, told Anhui TV reporter that burial brings peace to the dead according to Chinese tradition, what the officials did is amount to insulting corpse of the dead, as well as an insult to the living relatives.

Officials of Jingxian civil affairs department defended what they did that all the dead in Jingxian county should be cremated according to relative laws and regulations and that they conducted forced cremation of the dead also according to law.

Traditionally almost all Chinese placed their dead relatives in a coffin and then buried them in the earth. But after 1949, the ruling Communist party of China encourages the practice of cremation of the dead among its citizens especially in the cities and has been enforcing a stricter cremation policy on Han, the main ethnic group of Chinese in most provinces and regions since early 1980s. According to a Xinhua report, China cremated 4.5 million dead bodies, or roughly 53% of the dead across the country in 2005.

But according to the latest burial and cremation law of China modified in 2012, forced cremation on the spot is forbidden even if forced implementation of cremation is allowed, Anhui TV reporter pointed out.

The arrogant practice of the Jingxian officials has understandably sparked outrage among Chinese increasingly civil-rights-aware netizens. user tgz66: Morally bankrupt! What society it is?! user 佳人才子:  There is nothing these bastards fear to do!  It is chilling that they are not punished! user winstonzhou: Surely many people will take on the moral high ground to comdemn the officials. But have some ones of you ever thought over why China encourages cremation of the dead? And what if some people do not follow the law? And how the  grass-roots officials face the check? Is there any other measure than the extreme one (burning corpse on the spot) that can enforce law on the relatives of the dead?  Before you curse the officials, think it over what if every one of the 1.3 billion Chinese has his or her own grave? user 凤凰网友: It is crime against humanity! user from Beijing: a group of bandits! user pma_duan: Respect to the old and filial piety to parents are important elements in the traditional Chinese culture and evan are regarded the cornerstone of Confucianism. It is perverse acts and against history to excavate the grave of others’ ancestors! user 远程餐饮策划咨询服务: Isn’t it crime of insulting corpse?

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