SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A whole bunch of individuals have added their names to a web-based petition in assist of a College of Minnesota pupil who mentioned she was raped final August by Richard Liu, the chief govt officer of China’s e-commerce retailer JD.com Inc.
FILE PHOTO: JD.com founder Richard Liu attends a Reuters interview in Hong Kong, China June 9, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Picture
The coed, Liu Jingyao, from China, filed a civil lawsuit towards JD’s CEO in a Minneapolis court docket on Tuesday, practically 4 months after prosecutors declined to press felony prices towards him.
The legislation go well with recognized the scholar for the primary time. The 2 Lius are usually not associated.
Richard Liu, by means of his attorneys, maintained his innocence all through the legislation enforcement investigation, which resulted in December. The corporate didn’t instantly reply to an e-mail request for remark.
It was unclear who launched the petition, which carried the hashtag #HereForJingyao, though signatories included Chinese language college students at international universities in addition to in China. On Saturday, it was gathering momentum on the social media platform WeChat, with greater than 500 names connected.
“To Liu Jingyao: You aren’t alone. We consider in survivors, we consider in your bravery and honesty, we’ll all the time stand with you. We should be a part of fingers and march collectively within the face of the problem of a tradition of blaming the victims of rape,” the petition mentioned.
A Chinese language-language translation of the indictment was additionally circulating on-line.
Liu Jingyao first accused Richard Liu of rape in August when he was visiting the College of Minnesota to attend a program directed at executives from China.
Liu, 46, who began JD.com as a humble electronics stall and expanded it into an e-commerce firm with 2018 internet revenues of $67 billion, was arrested on Aug. 31 however launched with out cost about 17 hours later.
A fledgling #MeToo-style motion in assist of girls’s rights has been gradual to achieve large traction in China, the place points like sexual assault have historically been brushed underneath the carpet.
China’s ruling Communist Social gathering, cautious about grassroots organizing, has additionally in current months put strain on activists targeted on points like sexual assault on campuses and staff’ rights.
Reporting by John Ruwitch and Shu Zhang; Modifying by Nick Macfie