Society needs to have multiple voices heard: mother of slain child

Taiwanese society needs to have multiple voices heard, Claire Wang (王婉諭), the mother of a young girl who was killed in an apparently random attack in Taipei in March, said Saturday after she accepted an invitation from the government to take part in the country’s judicial reform.

In a Facebook post that day, Wang wrote that as a family member of a crime victim, she had accepted the offer to join a preparatory committee, convened by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), that will be assigned to organize a series of national conferences on judicial reform.

After her daughter’s death, her family chose to stay in Taiwan instead of leaving, because “we still have hopes that it can become a better place,” Wang said.

She said society needs to hear multiple voices, and then people need to progress to having empathy and respect for each other.

Wang noted that her family has been treated with courtesy in the courts, but quickly added that the treatment they received should not be an exception but the norm, and that her family will work to ensure that it becomes the norm by participating in the process of judicial reform.

Wang’s 4-year-old daughter, nicknamed Little Light Bulb, was killed in the streets of Taipei in March, when a 33-year-old man Wang Ching-yu (王景玉 no relation) grabbed the child from behind and decapitated her with a cleaver in an apparent random attack.

The incident sparked outrage in Taiwan and renewed debates over the death penalty and mental health treatment and prevention.

Claire Wang and her husband have since been a voice for victims of violent crimes and their families, and have called on all sectors of the society to help mend the broken “social safety net.”

“Since you (daughter) left, I have thought about you all the time and there is not a day I do not cry. But sadness alone is not helpful. It will not make our home better, and it will not make society better,” Wang wrote in her post Saturday.

“We have sworn that we will never allow your death to be for nothing. Only then will we be worthy to be your parents. We are working very hard! Do you see it?” she added.

Wang was among a list of people invited to join the judicial reform preparatory committee. Others on the list include Hsu Yu-hsiu (許玉秀), a former justice of the Constitutional Court, Lin Tzu-yi (林子儀), director of Academia Sinica’s Institutum Iurisprudentiae, and Lo Ping-cheng (羅秉成), chairman of the Legal Aid Foundation.

Since taking office in May, President Tsai and her administration have vowed to carry out sweeping judicial reforms, eliminating corrupt judges and restoring public trust in the country’s court system.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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