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Thefts, violence rise among females

CRIMES involving female criminals has risen significantly in the past few years, mainly due to family disputes and a desire for luxury goods, Qingpu District prosecutors said yesterday.

Female suspects accounted for nearly 10 percent of all suspects in Qingpu District last year, up 5 percent from 2009. The number of female suspects in 2012 more than doubled that of 2009, according to officials, who declined to release the total number of the females involved.

In the past four years, 124 women in the district were charged with crimes linked to property such as theft, fraud and embezzlement. Another 57 were charged with financial crimes such as contract fraud, bribery and making out false tax receipts.

Prosecutors said many women committed crimes to buy luxury goods to dress themselves up. In one case, a woman was charged with credit card fraud for overdrawing 31,787 yuan (US$5,106) to buy a cell phone and clothes. The suspect forged an income certificate to get the credit card and spent lavishly.

Other female criminals were charged with killing or injuring their husbands or relatives, prosecutors said.

A woman who suspected her husband of having an affair killed him by pouring hot oil on him last November. There were 10 similar cases in the past four years.

Prosecutors said a large majority of female suspects had a poor educational background and lacked a sense of legal matters. They sometimes turned to crime because they lacked skills or experience to find a good job.

Prosecutors called for more social organizations to pay attention to women's problems and provide job training for migrant women with poor education.


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