The husband of a Chinese woman whose forced abortion seven months into her pregnancy caused an uproar has disappeared, a relative said Tuesday, adding her family is being harassed on a daily basis.
Feng Jianmei had to go through the termination earlier this month in the northern province of Shaanxi because she failed to pay a hefty fine for exceeding China’s strict “one-child” population control policy.
The case caused an outcry when photos emerged online of Feng lying in a hospital bed in Zhenping county next to her baby’s bloody corpse, prompting an official probe that concluded action should be taken against the perpetrators.
But a relative said Tuesday that Feng’s husband Deng Jiyuan had gone missing Sunday.
Calls made to police and government in Zhenping, and to the higher-level Ankang city government, went unanswered.
The relative added that since Sunday, scores of unidentified people had been harassing the family.
Feng’s family members have spoken to foreign media and the relative said the protest could be linked to these interviews. It was unclear who the protesters were but online reports suggested they had been hired by local authorities.
China’s family planning policy aims to control the world’s largest national population, now swollen to 1.3 billion people.
Under the measure, urban families are generally allowed to have one child, while rural families can give birth to two children if the first is a girl. Parents have to pay a fine if they contravene the rules.
Rights groups say that as a result of the policy thousands of women have been forced by authorities to terminate their pregnancies.