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Three cousins in China's central Hunan province were kidnapped while they were on their way to school and later murdered by their uncle.
The man had demanded a ransom of 900 thousand yuan for the children's freedom.
The children were found dead when the suspect was arrested by police.
The local government has subsequently offered up 20 thousand yuan in compensation for each of the three children, later boosted to 100 thousand.
66Caoyun says on news.sina.com.cn,
The local government has called the 100-thousand-yuan compensation "salvage money", but it's not really true. The government didn't actually want to compensate the victims' family at all. The cash is just hush money in case the victims' family protest and make a big deal of the whole thing. The authorities even said the family had to cremate the kids' bodies otherwise they wouldn't get the money. They have no shame.
Huo Hu Yun from weibo.com shares his opinion,
If it's not the local governments fault, then, at least the local education department should bear some responsibility for this incident. The kids were kidnapped on their way to school when the school bus was supposed to pick them up. The school is responsible for the kids' safety. The local education administration should punish the school for its negligence, and sincerely apologize to the victims' family. It's not a case which can simply be solved by granting the so-called "salvage money".
Cai Yun Zhui Yue agrees on t.qq.com,
A person's life is priceless, it can't be compensated for. In this case, it's three lives. No matter how big an amount of money the government paid to the victims' family, it's meaningless for the people who lost their loved ones. It's such a utilitarian way of dealing with the death of innocent people.
Yi Dian Cheng shows his anger on ifeng.com,
It's we taxpayers who provide the local government with all these funds. Every amount of money it spends should come with our consent. Did any of us taxpayers ever agree that the government could use our money to force the victims' family to shut up?!
Yuan Tuanzhu from dnyq.cn points out,
After the local government asked the victims' family to shut up, everything seems to have gone quiet. No one dares to say anything. We see so many governments at various levels do this but it's not the right way to maintain social stability. The "social stability" which is achieved through forcing people to shut up is not true stability. What the government should do is focusing on building a better, safer environment rather than try to get people to shut up.
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