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Year in review: Top China stories of 2017
7. Child abuses in kindergarten 
A security camera is pictured at the kindergarten run by pre-school operator RYB Education Inc being investigated by China's police, in Beijing, China November 24, 2017. Photo: Reuters
In late November, some parents in Beijing accused that their children in a kindergarten in Chaoyang District of Beijing were sexually molested, pierced by needles and given unidentified pills.
Listed in New York this year, the RYB Education New World Kindergarten soon captured nationwide attention, as it was also found that the recent child abuse at the kindergarten was not the only one in the past history of the kindergarten which was founded in 1998 and has over 1,300 branches in 300 cities and towns in China.
Later, Beijing police said that there was no evidence showing there was sexual abuse of the children at the kindergarten, but a teacher was found to be using sewing needles to “discipline” children who would not sleep.
The recent child abuse was not an isolated case in the past year, which also included another case in which teachers in a Shanghai day-care center founded by Ctrip, one of China’s top online tourism companies, were found to be force-feeding mustard to the children and physically tormenting them.
In China, the threshold to be a kindergarten teacher is very low, and child abuse is still not clearly defined by the Chinese law. The recent cases have revived calls for China to introduce a law specifically to address child abuse.

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