China’s Ministry of National Defense has announced that military prosecutors have indicted a one-star general on charges of sexually harassing a female military officer, according to The China Post.
The article reports that the (married) general took a female military officer with him whenever he was on the road, that other military personnel saw him holding hands with the same officer on public transport, and four times he was seen putting his hand on the officer’s leg and into her underwear at the military base.
The general has been removed from his post and now faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail.
The report does not say that the general’s acts were “unwanted” or harassing. Perhaps they were – but 20 years in prison seems a little steep, in light of our post yesterday that harassment in China is ubiquitous and even takes place at harassment seminars.