(ECNS) -- A woman who paid to enshrine the memorial tablets of five Japanese war criminals at Xuanzang Temple in Nanjing, East China's Jiangsu Province, was detained, Nanjing authorities announced Sunday.
The memorial tablets of the five Japanese war criminals who directly commanded the Nanjing Massacre from late 1937 to early 1938drew public outrage and made a huge stir after a netizen exposed it online.
The memorial tablets are among others housed at the temple since 2018.
Wu Aping confessed she had suffered nightmares after learning of the atrocities Japanese forces, including the five criminals, had committed in Nanjing, according to a preliminary investigation.
Since March 2017, she had visited the hospital three times due to insomnia and anxiety and taken sedatives, the investigation shows.
She had learned that enshrining these memorial tablets could ease her suffering.
At least 300,000 civilians were killed by the Imperial Japanese Army during Nanjing Massacre, which Japan still denies.
According to the Law on the Protection of Heroes and Martyrs, those who publicize and beautify wars and acts of aggression disturb public order and are committing acts that violate public security.
Wu was born in Fujian Province and moved to Nanjing with her parents in 2000. In September 2019, she quit her job as a medical worker and went to serve as a lay Buddhist at a temple on Mount Wutai, Shanxi Province.
The abbot of Xuanzang Temple was dismissed and several religious officials punished following the public outrage.