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Peking University's "weibo gate" feared to be another Rashomon

2012-08-24 07:38:13 GMT2012-08-24 15:38:13(Beijing Time)

Zou Hengfu (File Photo)

Zou Hengfu's Sina Weibo posts.(File photo)

By Sina English

Peking University makes utterances

University (PKU) on Thursday afternoon issued a statement regarding a former professor's online tip-off of a faculty sex scandal.

According to the statement, PKU has set up a special committee to investigate the matter."We have instructed the discipline inspection commission to immediately verify the content of Zou Hengfu's Sina Weibo posts. And we hope Zou can cooperate with us and provide evidence," says the statement. "Insiders or persons familiar with matter are also welcome to report what they know."

PUK said, if Zou's allegations are true, the university will not tolerate such people and all those involved in the scandal will be severely punished. But, if Zou’s charges turn out to be unfounded, PKU will file a libel against him.

Flashback of the event

The allegations were originally posted on a Sina Weibo registered in the name of Zou Hengfu, a former PKU professor. He claimed that some university officials had inappropriate relationships with waitresses working in a campus restaurant called Mengtaoyuan.

In a post on his Sina Weibo account Tuesday morning, Zou wrote:

Deans at PKU will fornicate with any pretty waitress they see at Mengtaoyuan Restaurant. That is why the business there is so good. With the exception of Zou Hengfu, there are way too many licentious men at PKU.

In a later post, he explained what exactly he meant by "fornication":

By "fornication", I'm referring to casual sex, seduction, and the exchanging of money and power for sex. Do not only think about rape. Fornication here means adultery in general.

He also alleged that in some other campus restaurants, PKU faculty and restaurant staff exchanged sex for the chance to attend classes and get degrees.

In response, Jiang Langlang, spokesperson of Peking University, has denied all allegations and told the Beijing Morning Post that Zou's words are "extremely irresponsible" and said it might be a revenge for the university's dismissing him.

Zou's tenure ended in 2007, because he seldom attended class, but Zou insisted he was fired because of conflicts with faculty, the report said.

Divided online opinions

The original post by Zou Hengfu immediately attracted an enormous amount of attention since it was first posted on Tuesday, and was reposted over 71,410 times with 19,000 comments by Friday afternoon.

The following are some of the comments from Sina Weibo:

@缪三颠:The accused in the case are “deans”, “professors” and “department heads” of PKU; and the “victims” are “pretty waitress”. What a wide dredge he made! Zou used these ambiguous and vague words to throw mud at PKU as a whole just because he didn’t have firm and concrete evidence.

@Waiking: It is nothing new to call “professor” as “beast” in our society. We have heard of enough of the stories like this. I think everyone will believe in what he said.

@九龙娃娃:Whether it is true or not? How can a university corrupt like this? If it is true, the PKU should undergo an operation; while if it is fabricated to vent his personal grievances, Zou Hengfu should bear legal responsibility!

@情义是否比金坚:We are fed up with corruption nowadays. But corruptions on campus is intolerable! If so, we cannot see the future of China.


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