Hong Kong resident Ng Lai-ying, 30, was sentenced to three and a half months in jail on Thursday morning for assaulting a police officer, according to the Hong Kong Free Press, a local non-profit news website.
The incident took place in March, during a protest against "parallel trading" in Yuen Long, a district of Hong Kong near mainland China's Shenzhen city. Ng says she confronted the police officer, Chief Inspector Chan Ka-po, after Chan touched her breast.
From a video recording the incident, Ng can be seen dragged by several police officers onto the ground and sporting a flowing nosebleed afterwards
However, the Chief Inspector refuted the accusation, accusing his accuser of assaulting him by bumping into him with her lady parts on purpose. The Tuen Mun Magistrates' Court found Ng guilty of assaulting a police officer earlier this month.
But the court decision, which was supposed to serve justice, only infuriated Hong Kong residents. A heated online discussion is currently ongoing, with many participants mocking the judgement.
"This is called assaulting with breast."
The fictional Tomorrow Times headline reads: "Malicious Teenage Girl Assaults Cop With Lady Parts, Judge Imposes Lenient Sentence Of 10 Years."
A campaign declaring "Female breasts are soft; Male arms, especially police officers', are tough. How can the soft assault the tough? Here's something called 'common sense'" has received about 7,000 likes and shares so far.
Offline campaigns are supporting Ng too. Organizers are urging fellow citizens to gather in Chater Garden at 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Ng was seen outside of court Thursday morning together with other three protestors arrested alongside her. (The group has since been nicknamed the “Yuen Long Four”.)
Three of "Yuen Long Four" were present, including Ng, and they thanked the public for the support.
Beimeng Fu is a BuzzFeed News World Reporter covering China and is based in New York.
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