Beijing ? A Chinese woman was held in an abandoned morgue for three years after serving hard labour for complaining about her husband?s own detention, state-run media said on Friday.Chen Qingxia was guarded by sanitation workers at the facility in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, the Global Times said.

Her difficulties began in 2003 when her husband was sentenced to ?re-education through labour? for attempting to escape quarantine during a SARS epidemic. After he was freed, his body showed bruising and his mental health deteriorated, prompting Chen to travel to Beijing to petition higher-ranking authorities about his treatment.

As a result she served 18 months in a re-education camp herself ? a common punishment for would-be petitioners ? and after finishing her sentence was kept in the morgue.


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