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Identity theft case leads to public ire

SOCIAL justice and fairness are at the heart of the public's concern over a story about a former police officer who "sent" his daughter to university under the name of her classmate.

China Youth Daily reporter Liu Wanyong, who broke the story, said: "Why do people care so much about it? I think this reflects the public pursuit of social justice and fairness."

Despite criticism of the national college entrance exams, many people believe the system is the fairest for both economic and social advancement, Liu said yesterday.

Former police officer Wang Zhengrong and his daughter Wang Jiajun have been criticized after the newspaper first reported the story on Monday. The story has stayed in the headlines for most of the week and become a hot topic in online forums.

Wang Zhengrong is being investigated and Wang Jiajun's university diploma is set to be revoked. However, Luo Caixia, whose identity was used by the Wangs, still can not get a teaching certificate because of the identity theft.

Luo, 23, now a student at Tianjin Normal University, first noticed something was wrong in March when she applied for a bank card. A clerk said her ID card had already been registered with the picture of another girl, who looked like her high school classmate Wang Jiajun.

It reminded Luo of a similar case in which she was told she could not apply for a teaching certificate because her ID number had been used.She reported to police, who confirmed her name was used by Wang Jiajun after her parents mailed her some group photos taken at high school.

Luo scored a respectable 514 on the college entrance exam in 2004. However, she did not receive any admission letter from a college or university. She took the exam again the following year and entered Tianjin Normal University.

However, Guizhou Normal University did send Luo an admission letter in 2004, but it was intercepted and landed in the hands of Wang Jiajun. She graduated from the Guizhou Province university last year.

Luo still wonders why.

"I have asked myself many times why they chose me?" Luo said. "Is it because my parents are farmers and have no connections?"

The Wangs would not have succeeded if the rule of law was followed, said Li Qiang, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Tsinghua University.


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