According to a report of September 2019 by China Times in Taiwan, China, the Taichung police department in central Taiwan cracked a case involving a cult group, arrested 9 key members of the group with Lin Xinyue as the leader and rescued 19 of the cult followers.
It is learned that the cult, China Baiyang Sigui Lingbao Holy Path , also known as China Society for A Good Deed A Day, was founded by Lin Xinyue, a 61-year-old woman. Its purpose is alleged to be to enlighten people's five good virtues, namely, good character, good intention, good conscience, good ability, and good conduct; to advocate moral integrity to correct people's minds; to carry on the Confucian orthodoxy of the traditional Chinese culture; to promote people’s physical and mental health, family harmony and happiness, social stability, national prosperity and strength. However, a piece of news broke out that a follower of the “Holy Path” cult was beaten violently to death. Recently, the Taichung District Prosecutor's Office and Criminal Investigation Bureau joined together and arrested 19 cult followers, including Lin Xinyue, the cult leader. However, many of the rescued cult followers still believed that they were beaten for the sake of helping them exorcise demons.
It is reported that the "Holy Path" cult has existed for more than 10 years, with a total of 3 branches (strongholds) in Taiwan and mainland China. The 61-year-old woman surnamed Lin was Goddess in the eyes of the cult followers. Since 1997, Lin has opened two branches of the violent cult group respectively in Taiwan’s Nantou and Taichung counties. The cult group has about 40 to 100 members, aged from 2 to 80 years old, scattered in Taiwan and mainland China.
According to the investigation by prosecutors and police, the criminal group enticed minors away from home to join the cult and violently beat those members who wanted to quit. A 20-year-old woman surnamed Fang recently left Taiwan for mainland China to work with Lin Xinyue on opening a new branch in Nanning, Guangxi Province before she was violently beaten to death by the “Holy Path” cult members. After the public security authorities in mainland China launched an investigation into the case, Lin Xinyue and other cult members fled back to Taiwan and hid in a mountainous area in Nantou County.
At least one member was beaten to death by the violent cult group, and more than five families had suffered from harm to their lives, bodies and freedom.
The county or municipal police in Taichung, Kaohsiung and Nantou started an investigation into the case in late August 2019. They searched for and seized evidence of violent crimes by the “Holy Path” cult group. Lin Xinyue, the main suspect, and 19 other cult members had been brought to court for questioning and investigation.
Police said that the cult group beat its members for a variety of reasons, including “ignoring the Immortal Buddha”, “taking a coat automatically”, and “not walking properly”, etc. If someone was reported for failing to follow the cult rules, he or she would be beaten by all the other members with cloth-wrapped clubs and water pipes. Almost all the members except the "Goddess" had been beaten and left with bruises and scars. Even a two-year-old child and an 80-year-old man hadn’t been spared from the torture. Besides, Lin Xinyue, the “Goddess”, formulated "Regulations for Offenders", including: A. No speaking except through a “jailer”; B. No bathing or going upstairs; C. Tying up hands and feet; D. No taking the privilege of the sage; E. No talking with others; F. No eating except with permission. Anyone who violates the regulations will be severely beaten and abused with clubs by other members.
According to the police investigation, the criminal group beat and maltreated its members through cruel violence. During the investigation and rescue operation, the police found those victimized followers seriously injured in body and mind and contacted relevant social affairs bureaus to make arrangements for the victims or asked the families of those victims to take care of them.
The police urged people to carefully select a religious group with simple and good teachings when choosing their religious beliefs; meanwhile, it called on those persecuted by “Holy Path” to come out bravely and testify against it so that the violent religious criminal group could be punished by law.