Footage of a British man allegedly sexually assaulting a Chinese woman has gone viral in China after it was posted online. The video has been viewed almost 5 million times and is causing widespread outrage in the country.
The disturbing 3-minute footage shows an apparently drunk man, dressed in polo shirt and tracksuit trousers, allegedly a British tourist, sexually assaulting a woman in the Xuanwumen area south of Tiananmen Square. The man is shown standing over the woman who is lying in a flower bed, Daily Mail reports.
The woman cries as the man assaults her. According to the Daily Mail, the woman, who speaks in Chinese, says she does not know the man. Her cries attract the attention of several Chinese men who come to the rescue. The men attack the the British man, hitting and kicking him, with abusive racist language, while another films the assault. The disturbing footage shows the man lying in the middle of the road unconscious with his clothes torn while the traffic navigates around him.
Chinese viewers, apparently unappeased by the savagery of the attack on the alleged sex offender, expressed their anger online, calling on the police to deal severely with the "foreigner." A Chinese viewer from Yantai, Shandong Province, said angrily, "Damn foreigner. You'd think it was 100 years ago when the foreigners came to China and did as they pleased."
According to a statement by the Beijing authorities, "Officers have detained a British man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman in Beijing on Tuesday night."
The Hong Kong Standard reports that a message posted on the Beijing public security bureau's official microblog page, said: “A drunk man sexually assaulted a woman in a public place on the evening of May 8, and when passers-by realized they stopped him and called the police."
The suspect, who was not named, holds a tourist visa.
John Gallagher, British Embassy spokesman, said: "We are aware of the reports about this incident and the claims that the suspect in detention is British. But we have not been contacted by Chinese police or anybody else at this stage. We are monitoring the situation."
Independent Online reports China is generally considered a safe country for women because sexual assaults and cases of violence are still relatively rare.