Female Christians Arrested and Strip-searched
According to reports by the China Aid Association (CAA) on February 14, 2008, two female followers from southwest China's Yunnan province were arrested by local police while handing out Christmas cards in their respective villages on February 2. They were threatened, strip-searched and then handcuffed and escorted to their homes.
The two females are Meng Xiulan, 55 years old from Sanjiangkou Village, Mouding County, Chuxiong Prefecture and Zhou Chengxiu, 53 years old from nearby Chenwan Village.
The police confiscated all flyers, CD's, bibles and hymns in their homes without any legal procedures.
The China Aid Association that has headquarters located in Midland, Texas reported earlier in the month that, Christian leader Bai Cheng who returned to China from the United States was arrested on January 29 for leading a bible study group. He was charged with “Suspected of Participating in Cult Activity”. The police confiscated two computers and a car.
CAA president Bob Fu appealed to authorities in Henan Province to respect religious freedom and release Bai Cheng as soon as possible.