A case accusing a former Alibaba employee of sexual assault has been dismissed by a Chinese court. The female Alibaba employee claimed she was sexually abused on a work trip, and the employee was detained last month.
The “forced indecency” perpetrated by the guy, known as Wang, was not a crime, according to a district court in Shandong’s north-eastern region. Her claims gained a lot of traction in China’s social media.
The inquiry is closed, but Wang will be detained for 15 days “as punishment,” said to police in Jinan, where the event occurred. Mr. Wang’s detention warrant was not granted, according to the People’s Procuratorate of Huaiyin City in Jinan.
A spokesperson from Alibaba said in response to the news of the case being dropped “Alibaba Group has a zero-tolerance policy against sexual misconduct, and ensuring a safe workplace for all our employees is Alibaba’s top priority.”
What was the case about?
In eleven-page published documents computing women’s statements, in which she claims that the manager raped her in a hotel room while she was asleep following a “drunk night.” It sparked a social media frenzy on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like site.
The lady said that the manager pushed her to go to Jinan, China, for a meeting with a client, which is some 900 kilometers (560 miles) from Alibaba’s headquarters in Hangzhou.
She said that her bosses forced her to consume alcohol with her coworkers at dinner. The customer kissed her on the evening of July 27th, she said. She then remembers waking up the next day in her hotel room without her clothes on and with no recollection of the previous night.
The lady said she was able to get video camera footage showing the manager entering her room four times throughout the evening. After returning to Hangzhou, the lady stated that she had reported the event to Alibaba’s human resources department and top management, as well as requesting that the manager be dismissed.
Human resources first consented to the request, but did not take any more action, she claimed.
Responce till now?
Watching the reaction of the public, Alibaba was forced to fire Mr. Wang. Two executives who failed to act on the accusation also resigned, according to the business. Alibaba was “adamantly opposed to coerced drinking culture,” according to a letter.
Alibaba previously stated that the guy accused of rape acknowledged “intimate activities” while the lady was “inebriated.”
“The police investigation showed that [the woman] drank about 350 milliliters of alcohol the previous night but no one forced her to drink excessively,” China’s Global Times reported on Tuesday. It went on to say that the accused victim had given Mr. Wang permission to enter her room after another employee urged him to.
Despite the fact that Mr. Wang’s case will not proceed, the court’s prosecutors have allowed the arrest of the client who is accused of assaulting the victim. His surname Zhang has been used to identify him.
Mr. Zhang’s employer is also said to have dismissed him.
The most rapid change has sparked internet debate. Some people on social media believe he got off too easy, while others believe the evidence against him was insufficient. Many internet users were perplexed as to how Mr. Wang could be held for 15 days if found not guilty.
Later a statement was also issued by Mr. Wang’s wife on Weibo thanked the court for its “fair handling of the case, and…all enthusiastic netizens for their understanding, encouragement, and support.”