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Originally published May 29, 2013 at 3:20 AM | Page modified May 29, 2013 at 3:23 AM

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China's supreme court vows to protect children

China's Supreme People's Court has vowed to crack down on crimes against children, publicizing punishments meted out in three recent cases, including the execution of a grade school teacher who repeatedly raped seven students.

The Associated Press

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BEIJING —

China's Supreme People's Court has vowed to crack down on crimes against children, publicizing punishments meted out in three recent cases, including the execution of a grade school teacher who repeatedly raped seven students.

The announcement, reported Wednesday on the website of the party-run People's Daily, appears to be in response to public outrage over a recent series of reports of sexual assaults against schoolgirls.

At least four primary school teachers have been detained this month for allegedly sexually molesting young students - some as young as 8 years old.

In the two other cases announced by the top court, a woman was sentenced to death for fatally abusing her 5-year-old step-daughter and a man was sentenced to four years' imprisonment for instigating teenagers to commit crimes.

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