CHENGYONG Chen believed in truth, compassion and tolerance.
And for that Jane
Dai says her husband was kidnapped, brutally tortured and murdered.
Dai fled China in 2001 fearing for her life with her nine-month-old daughter after
her husband was arrested and sent to a detention centre for practising the traditional
Chinese spiritual discipline, Falun Gong.
Desperate to find her husband
alive, a simple internet search from her new home in Australia confirmed Mrs Dai's
worst fears her husband's partially decomposed body was found in an abandoned
"I was completely speechless when I found out . . . I was in
shock, my hair literally went white overnight," Mrs Dai said.
42-year-old is determined the rest of the world should know why her husband, 34,
died. She has visited 41 countries since his death to spread the word.
I look at my daughter I see him, it makes me happy and sad at the same time,"
she said. "I got a chance to speak out because I am an Australian citizen
but this has happened to thousands of families and they don't have a chance to
Mrs Dai said her husband's persecution started in 1999 when
the government-owned paper mill he worked at forced its employees to stop working
and instead watch propaganda for the entire day.
She said the Communist
Party had become suspicious of the challenge Falun Gong represented to the party
and banned it.
"They were brainwashing them and if they didn't support
the Communist Party they would lose their job," Mrs Dai said. "The Government
also shut down all the media in China, we had only propaganda on the radio, television
and the newspapers."
Tortured and brainwashed repeatedly, Mr Chen
was arrested three times, never abandoning his belief. He was even homeless at
one stage, too scared to go home for fear of being arrested again.
2000 he was arrested and forced to watch propaganda for 24 hours a day, seven
days a week and if he fell asleep they would beat him and pour water over him,"
Mrs Dai said.
Now living at Box Hill with her five-year-old daughter, Mrs
Dai wants to continue travelling the world to spread the truth.
the children who are the most vulnerable and innocent," she said.
Original article date: 9/Nov/2005
Category: Media Report