Man who raped 116 women appeals death sentence

A Chinese farmer convicted of raping more than 100 women in a 16-year period has appealed his death sentence, Xinhua news agency reported today.

A Chinese farmer convicted of raping more than 100 women in a 16-year period has appealed his death sentence, Xinhua news agency reported today.

Dai Qingcheng, a 46-year-old peasant from the eastern Anhui province, was found guilty of raping 116 women between 1993 to 2009, and robbing 91 of them.
Police began investigating in 2008 after a 49-year-old woman from Anhui’s Linquan county reported that a masked man with a knife forced his way into her home and attempted to rape her.
But as they investigated, police realized that the assault was far from an isolated case. Most of the victims were women living alone while their husbands worked in China’s booming cities. Soon the investigation zeroed in on Dai.
“But we were surprised when he told us he had raped about 100 women,” Yang Yongkui, a police officer from the county, was quoted as saying. “The victims he violated ranged from very young girls to women in their 50s and one of them was six-months pregnant.”
The report said many of the women stayed silent for so long because traditional culture in rural China dictates that sexual assaults bring shame upon the victim’s families.
Dai’s lawyer did not say on what basis he was appealing the sentence.
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