LI Shuangjiang, 74, used to be famous in China because he has sung many nationally popular songs since 1970s. But starting from Friday, the tenor, who is also a general, is famous again, because it is reported that his 17-year old younger son LI Tianyi (yes, his son, not grandson) joined a gang rape.
(Li Shuangjiang, left, and Li Tianyi performing on stage. Date unknown.)
Beijing police announced last night that Li Tianyi (who was using the name Li Guanfeng) was one of five men that the police have detained for suspected gang raping. The female victim reported to police on February 19, 2013 that she drank with Li Tianyi and his friends in a bar in Beijing on February 17, afterwards she was gang raped in Hubei Building Hotel.
The suspects were detained on February 20.
Li Tianyi shot into over-night fame in China in September, 2011 when he was reported to have beaten a young middle-class couple whose slow moving car blocked his BMW’s way.
Second time guilty?
Being only 15 at that time, Li Tianyi was also driving without license. Li Tianyi was put into labor camp for “re-education” for a year, which is not a criminal punishment. At that time, Li Shuangjiang apologized to the injured couple in a hospital and said: “If you are still angry towards my son, I would rather give you a club and please beat me (for revenge.)”
(Li Shuangjiang, front, visits the victim couple of his son’s violence in hospital in on September 8, 2011)
Many blame Li Shuangjiang himself for spoiling his second son. Li Tianyi’s mother was Li Shuangjiang’s second wife — Meng Ge. When Li Shuangjiang met Meng as her teacher in China’s Central Conservatory of Music in 1988, Li Shuangjiang was 49 and Meng was 22. They married two years later. When Li Tianyi was born in 1996, Li Shuangjiang was already 57.
During numerous interviews BEFORE Li Tianyi’s first violent incident in 2011, Li Shuangjiang and Meng Ge praised their son for his talents and never hide their unlimited love for him.
Li Shuangjiang once said: “My son (Li Tianyi) was good at learning anything. When he did something wrong, I really want to beat him, but I can bear the thought. In many cases, my tears would drop first. This generation is our hope, Chinese people’s hope.”
Li Shuangjiang’s first wife was Ding Ying. They had a son Li He. There are very scant information about Li Shuangjiang’s first marriage.
In Chinese culture, hatred and anger towards siblings of powerful people is a deeprooted tradition. The Chinese even has a special word: “衙内” (pinyin: Ya2Nei4), which means sons of powerful officials and rich families who always bully ordinary people, ask for bribery and drag good-looking young women for their sexual pleasure. “Yanei” in most cases means bad people.
The most infamous “Yanei“ in Chinese culture is the fictional character Gao Yanei in novel ”Water Margin” 《水浒传》, who is the son of the corrupted prime minister Gao Qiu. In order to occupy palace army chief coach LIN Chong’s beautiful wife, Gao Yanei (he even didn’t deserve a full name) set up Lin and put him on exile.
So it’s understandable public Chinese peole’s anger when Li Tianyi’s news surfaced on social network and, later, on all newspapers, radio, websites and TV stations.
Human rights protection
However, there are voices questioning the media’s rights to publish Li Tianyi’s name, because Li was only 17, under China’s legal adult age of 18.
Chinese media have not established a strict rule to report crime case suspects as SUSPECTS. Crime stories often describe crime cases’ details, which are often provided by poice, as facts and never thought of “all suspects are innocent before verdict,” even though it has long become the foundation of China’s criminal trial procedure.
Some lawyers also question police’s short but accurate acccount of the gang rape details, arguing sexual violence cases’ details should not be published.
Li Shuangjiang’s most famous song: Go to Fight under Red Star (红星照我去战斗）