A second Chinese professor has been sacked by his university after allegations of historic sexual misconduct were made, as China’s own brand of ‘#Metoo’ struggles to gather pace.
Womens’ rights activists in China have focused on the country’s campuses to fight an online battle against sexual harassment.
Allegations that Shen Yang, a language professor, assaulted a female student 20 years ago were posted online by a someone who claimed to be a former classmate of the victim.
The assault was alleged to have happened when Shen lectured at Peking University, and the victim, a female student, committed suicide in 1998, Xinhua news agency said.
The university said in an online post that it served Shen with a "warning penalty" at the time, after police found he had "violated teachers’ morality".
The School of Liberal Arts at Nanjing University and Shanghai Normal University, where Shen holds current roles, both recently announced in online posts that they had cut ties with the professor.
Shen could not be contacted by The Telegraph, but he told Chinese media that the allegations against him were "malicious defamation", "pathetic" and were based on "public opinion".
Peking University,one of China's top universities, has vowed to formulate a set of rules on sexual harassment, after allegations that a former university professor had sexually harassed a student who later committed suicide shocked Chinese society. https://t.co/MtjGm2Ryz6 pic.twitter.com/I11rqBVP5N
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) April 9, 2018
His sacking comes after another Beijing university sacked one of its top scholars after he was accused of sexual misconduct in January.
Both cases follow women posting allegations online in China, and both cases have been covered widely by domestic media.
However, a more open, Western version of #Metoo has struggled to take hold in the country due to government censorship of the internet and media.
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Metoo swept through the West via social media following allegations against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, which he has denied.
Experts believe many allegations that are posted online in China are quickly deleted by authorities.
"There’s no question that the Communist Party is frightened by the prospect of a viral #MeToo movement galvanising Chinese university students," Leta Hong Fincher, author of Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China, previously told The Telegraph.
Additional reporting by Christine Wei