Six held for sexual assault at China water festival

August 24th, 2012 - 10:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 24 (IANS) Six people were detained Friday following an allegation of sexual assault at a water festival in China, Xinhua reported.

The sexual assault allegedly took place at the festival in Baoting in southern China’s island province of Hainan.

The six suspects are all aged around 20. Police are hunting for more suspects involved in the alleged assault.

The incident was first reported by internet users, who posted in forums and on websites a picture of a woman in her 20s, soaked and topless, weeping in the arms of a young man at a water event. She was reportedly in fear and in pain.

Media reports said several men tried to touch women’s breasts and tear their clothes off as more than 1,000 participants splashed water at each other at the outdoor event.

Bloggers at Sina Weibo, a popular Twitter-like microblogging website, said more than 10 women were stripped and pinned down to the ground by dozens of “obviously over-excited” men at the festival.

But officials said the number of alleged attackers and victims had been exaggerated.

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