Policewoman forced into relationship with superior kills self
The China Post news staff
June 18, 2010, 10:40 am TWN
MIAOLI, Taiwan -- A policewoman who killed herself Tuesday night did not do so for financial reasons but was due to a forced relationship with a married senior colleague, the mother of the deceased officer said yesterday.
The mother of 29-year-old Chang Nai-hsu also accused the Miaoli Police Bureau, which the policewoman served under, of trying to cover up for Liu Cheng-tsung by claiming financial troubles as Chang's reason for suicide.
Chang's mother said that Liu, who served with Chang in the same station and was her senior, coerced Chang to be in a relationship with him despite that fact that she already had a boyfriend.
Chang reluctantly accepted Liu's courtship due to Liu's status as a superior in the station but was troubled by it, Chang's mother said. Liu, however, tried to maintain the relationship by both courting and threatening her. He also promised to divorce his wife and be with her, Chang's mother added.
Before Chang committed suicide in a Taichung motel, she told her long-time boyfriend, surnamed Cheng, that she was killing herself “because of other relationship issues,” according to Chang's mother.
However, the Miaoli Police Bureau claimed that Chang's suicide was due to her family's financial issues.
Chang's mother also accused the Miaoli Police of not reporting Chang's suicide to the Taichung Police, thereby slowing down the rescue process, and also of taking away key evidence, including Chang's suicide note.
The Miaoli Police Bureau responded that they were not favoring anyone, adding that money issues are mentioned in the suicide note. Officers from the station Chang served rushed to the location of Chang's last contact after being tipped off by Chang's mother. Officers performed first aid on Chang immediately upon arrival at the scene and also called for the ambulance, the Miaoli police said.
Liu admitted to be love with Chang but denied that he coerced her into a relationship. The Miaoli Police yesterday gave Liu and as well as his station chief a major demerit each and removed them from their posts.
Similar to the respect of “senpai” in Japanese culture, seniority-based status is highly regarded in Taiwan. One is supposed to respect people who are senior in terms of years served in the business or institution even though they might not be superior to that person in rank.