Zhao Douchun released after serving his sentence, "Suyuan" still needs justice compensation
The blood of the case, the questioning of Zhao Douchun's sentencing, the spreading effect of related film and television works, and people's desire for justice have made the "Suyuan" case never leave people's sight.
In the early morning of December 12, local time, South Korea’s "Sowon" case's principal culprit, Zhao Douchun, was released after serving his 12-year sentence.
This news quickly appeared on Chinese social media hot searches, and the popularity of dissemination and discussion even exceeded that of mainstream Korean media.
Why did the "Suyuan" case 12 years ago cause widespread concern?
The "Suyuan" case never left the public eye
The real case of the "Suyuan" case occurred in 2008.
At that time "Suyuan" was only 8 years old. She was mutilated by 57-year-old Zhao Douchun on her way to school alone, leaving her lifelong physical and psychological trauma.
Zhao Douchun had previously committed 17 criminal convictions, but all received light sentences.
When the "Sowon" case occurred, South Korea had a maximum imprisonment of 15 years. The South Korean Supreme Court accepted Cho Doo-soon’s claim that “drinking nine bottles of wine” and determined that the loss of discrimination caused by drunkenness was the same as mental illness. Sentenced to 12 years in prison.
The cruelty of the "Suyuan" case and the light sentence imposed by the court shocked Korean society.
South Korean people have gone to the Blue House to petition more than 6000 times, requesting a retrial of the case.
Faced with strong social pressure, the then South Korean President Lee Myung-bak had to kneel down and apologize, and publicly expressed his support for chemical castration of sexual assault offenders.
In 2013, the film "Suyuan" based on the "Suyuan" case was released, and the "Suyuan" case attracted the attention of Chinese audiences.
As the date of Jo Doo-soon's sentence approached, the "Sowon" case once again attracted the attention of the Korean society.
On the petition website of the Blue House, the number of people requesting retrials has increased sharply, and has reached 800,000. The "Suyuan" case has become the largest petition since the opening of the Blue House.
It can be said that the blood of the case, the questioning of Zhao Douchun's sentencing, the spreading effect of related film and television works, and people's desire for justice have never left the sight of the "Suyuan" case.
People do not believe that surveillance can prevent Zhao Douchun
After the "Suyuan" case, South Korea initiated a series of judicial reforms on the crime of child sexual assault.
Since September 1, 2008, South Korea has worn "electronic fetters" for criminals with rape crimes and implemented 24-hour location tracking; in 2009, South Korea increased the maximum sentence for child sexual crimes from 15 years to 30 years. In 2013, it was further upgraded to life imprisonment without parole; in 2010, South Korea updated the "Special Act on Punishment of Specific Violent Crimes", which stipulated that photos of recidivists including sexual assault of minors can be disclosed. Announcement of Offenders"; In 2012, South Korea formally implemented the "Sex Offenders Sexual Impulse Drug Treatment Act", which stipulates that the use of chemicals to perform "chemical castration" on sex offenders is applicable to those under 16 years of age Criminals who commit sexual crimes by minors and find it difficult to overcome this abnormal sexual impulse; South Korea officially implemented the "Jo Doo-soon Act" in 2019. According to this law, criminals who have sexually assaulted minors will be returned after their sentence is released. Will continue to be monitored one on one for 24 hours.
After Zhao Douchun is released from prison, he will be under full surveillance for at least 6 months before assessing whether to postpone.
In addition, his photos and other personal information will continue to be published online for 5 years; he must also wear a positionable electronic anklet for 7 years.
But for the people, these measures are not enough.
Since South Korea’s judicial reform started after Jo Doo-soon was sentenced, Jo Doo-soon escaped harsher punishment.
Therefore, some South Korean social organizations and even underworld groups have declared that they will lynch Cho Doo-soon.
In addition, people do not believe that surveillance measures can prevent Zhao Douchun, who was a repeat offender, from committing a crime again.
Not just "Suyuan" needs justice compensation
Judging from South Korea’s online opinions, it believes that more severe punishments are needed for Cho Doo-soon, which is an understandable social sentiment.
No matter how proper the procedural justice that Zhao Douchun followed by a light sentence is proper, it is difficult to recognize the simplest concept of good and evil.
No matter how much punishment is added, it will be difficult to make up for the physical and mental damage suffered by "Suyuan".
According to the family of "Suyuan" in 2017, after many surgical treatments, "Suyuan" can basically lead a normal life and has passed the college entrance examination.
Her ambition is to study medicine and treat other victims of sexual assault.
But "Suyuan"'s life story, which seems to be drenched with sunshine, is not without shadows.
According to the latest report, after hearing that Jo Doo-soon is about to be released from prison, the "Sowon" family once again fell into a panic. Escape from his hometown of Anshan before returning.
The injury has not been far away, it is still with him.
We are concerned about the South Korean "Sowon" case 12 years ago, and we also hope that harm will not happen again and justice will be fully realized.
□ Xu Lifan (Columnist)