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Man filmed dragging woman into bar bathroom sheds light on gender-based violence in China

A man who was caught on surveillance camera forcibly dragging a woman into a bar bathroom in Henan province, China, has been arrested.

The 27-year-old man, surnamed Li, was checked in trying to restrain a woman and prevent her from leaving a cubicle in a bathroom at the Max Club in Zhongmu County on July 16.

As seen in the video, the woman manages to escape his grasp; however, Li grabs her hair and tries to drag her back inside as she grabs another man outside the cabin. They are both pulled to the ground as Li forces her into the cabin and slams the door.

Another woman in a black shirt attempts to kick the door open before a group of men join her, allowing the victim to escape.

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Police took the man and the victim into custody after the incident. However, they would have let them go after finding out they were a couple.

After surveillance footage of the incident went viral on social media in China, police began investigating the incident.

Li has reportedly been arrested and is being held on suspicion of having molestation for attempting to urinate in front of the woman.

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The incident sparked outrage on social media, rekindling discussions and concerns about violence against women in China. Netizens slammed the attacker, saying he shouldn’t have been excused for his behavior even though they were a couple. The men who witnessed the attack were also criticized for not acting sooner.

Gender-based violence in China has been in the public spotlight since a video of guests brutally assaulted by men in Tangshan went viral last month. Another video of a man ambushing his ex-wife and her daughter in China on July 6 also went viral. Netizens have called for more action on gender equality and tougher sentences for abusers.

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