China: Parents can sue children for neglect

By | July 2, 2013

China: Parents can sue children for neglect

Visit your parents. That’s an order. China’s national legislature amended its law on the elderly yesterday to require that adult children visit their aged parents “often” — or risk being sued by them.

State media said the new clause would allow elderly parents who felt neglected by their children to take them to court. The amendment does not specify how frequently such visits should occur.

A rapidly developing China is facing increasing difficulty in caring for its aging population. Three decades of market reforms have accelerated the breakup of the traditional extended family, and there are few affordable alternatives such as retirement or care homes.

State media reported this month that a grandmother in her 90s in the prosperous eastern province of Jiangsu had been forced by her son to live in a pig pen for two years.

News outlets frequently carry stories about elderly parents being abused or neglected, or of children seeking to take control of their parents’ assets without their knowledge.

Problems related to China’s elderly population are being fuelled by rising life expectancy — which has gone from 41 to 73 over the past five decades — and by the policy in force since 1979 that limits most families to a single child. …

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  1. oliverthered

    That’s misleading, infact it’s a lie. In 2007, according to a spokesman of the Committee on the One-Child Policy, approximately 35.9% of China’s population was subject to a one-child restriction, in addition:

    In most rural areas, families are allowed to apply to have a second child if their first-born is a daughter[26]or suffers from physical disability , mental illnessor mental retardation .

    and Even then you are still ‘allowed’ to have a second child you just get a fine etc…..

    a 2008 survey undertaken by the Pew Research Center reported that 76% of the Chinese population supports the policy.

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