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Jilted woman wins court action

A WOMAN has won 11,442 yuan (US$1,673) in damages from three colleagues who said she was having an affair.

But it was a hollow victory - Li's fiance broke up with her and canceled their wedding because of the ensuing gossip.

Li and Shi had planned to marry in May 2008. The arrangements had been made and invitations sent out when, in March, Shi's mother received a call saying there was proof her future daughter-in-law was having an affair.

Li denied having an affair and discovered that the call had probably come from a colleague, Zhang Xuelan. The man alleged to be involved in the affair was a Japanese teacher in Li's company.

Li asked the company's manager to investigate and he found that Zhang and two other employees had planned the slander out of jealousy because Li was a better worker.

Shi and his parents met Li's three colleagues last year to demand the truth.

Zhang told Shi that she had gone on a business trip to Japan in October 2007 and had borrowed a computer from the Japanese teacher. On it she saw the record of an online chat between the teacher and Li. She thought that proved Li was having an affair.

Zhang said Li and the Japanese teacher had also acted intimately in photographs when they were on company outings.

Though Shi could find nothing dubious in the chat or the photographs, he decided to cancel the wedding and break up with Li. His parents disliked Li and had refused to accept her after the incident.

Li, who had had to resign from the company, sued her three colleagues in the Xuhui District People's Court. She accused the three of destroying her reputation.

The three defendants denied making the call and sending her online conversation to others.

But the district court found that they did intend to tarnish Li's reputation. They had also violated the victim's privacy.

Their slander had made Li's fiance leave her and had degraded her reputation.

The defendants were ordered to apologize to Li in writing and pay 11,442 yuan in compensation.

The Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court upheld the ruling yesterday.


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