Viral online essays slamming the attack as symbolic of the country’s larger problem of gender-based violence were censored.
The court said a police investigation after the attack found that Chen had been the ringleader of a gang that “menaced the public”, and that he had committed crimes including opening gambling dens since 2012.
Chen was found guilty of a list of offences, including disorderly behaviour, intentional injury, robbery and “gathering a mob to fight”.
He was fined 320,000 yuan in addition to the 24-year prison sentence, and 27 accomplices were given sentences ranging from six months to 11 years.
Discussions of feminism have grown in China despite resistance, widespread censorship and patchy legal support for victims of violence.
Women’s rights campaigners say domestic abuse remains pervasive and under-reported in China, while prominent feminists also face regular police harassment and detention.
Source: Channel News Asia