Chinese court orders woman to visit mother

 
This 1 July picture shows a woman surnamed Chu (L), 77, attending the hearing of a case against her daughter and husband in Wuxi, east China's Jiangsu province. The 77-year-old woman sued her daughter, state media reported

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A Chinese court has ordered a woman to visit her mother once every two months, state media say, in the first case since a new law on parental visits came into effect on Monday.

The judgement was issued by a court in Wuxi, after a 77-year-old woman brought the case against her daughter.

The court also ruled that the daughter and her husband had to provide financial help, reports said.

The new visitation law has provoked both debate and ridicule online.

Called the "Elderly Rights Law", it is intended to tackle the growing problem of lonely elderly people by ordering adult children to visit their ageing parents.

But many have questioned how it can be enforced, given that the frequency of visits is not spelled out.

Other internet commentators say it intrudes into areas that should be governed by personal choice.

In this case, Xinhua reported that the elderly mother sued her daughter after she refused to care for her any more following a row.

China Daily said the hearing on Monday in Wuxi was held "to highlight the implementation of the law".

"Filial piety, considered a key virtue of traditional Chinese culture, generally means respect for one's parents and ancestors, including being good to one's parents and fulfilling one's duty to take care of them," the paper said.

The law was aimed primarily "at urging all of society to pay more attention to elders", it quoted a professor of population studies as saying.

China's population is aging and in recent years there have been a number of cases of elderly people being poorly treated or neglected that have shocked the nation.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 70.

    @Exergy

    Britian has stayed long long time in the so called "modern society", in fact a society that middle and working class has a little chance to make top, thats why you feel pressure all the time, a mortage can worry your whole life, China is at cross-road, we only embrace capitalism for 20 yrs, if we dont act now, let it erode our value, a new unwanted cutlure will develop in china

  • rate this
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    Comment number 69.

    stoneyfarmer states "Who are we to criticise the laws of another sovereign state? Different cultures have different values".

    The answer - we are fellow human beings who value reason, logic, human rights and freedom. We are all humans on the same planet, not all of us have a voice.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 68.

    27. Demerara
    3 HOURS AGO

    No wonder you have a negative rating on this article. Wherein, British history, or culture said you could desert your parents when they get old?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 67.

    What a ridiculous law....what if the child has fled home to escape an abusive parent, should that person then be forced to re-enter the abusive relationship ?

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    Comment number 66.

    @AL
    Britain did have a culture of taking care of their parents but the pressures of modern society changed that culture to a more Nuclear Family oriented life. Chinese society is becoming subject to the same forces other developed societies have to deal with.

    I don't like to explain things with exceptions. Chinese people are fundamentally the same as people in any other country in the world.

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    Comment number 65.

    @speed_of_dark
    it's always be nice to go back to take care them when they are sick or alone, same as the love and care they gave you when you are a kid, looking after parents is a virture, Gratitude is the sign of noble souls

  • rate this
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    Comment number 64.

    Who are we to criticise the laws of another sovereign state?

    Different cultures have different values.

    When will we (and the US) learn to concentrate on matters closer to home and leave other governments to do likewise?

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    Comment number 63.

    Resentful visits from one's children, legally enforced? Who would want it? I'd rather be alone with my cat than have a visitor who clearly didn't want to be there, whoever they might be.

    It has to be about getting one over on them somehow, anyhow, very weird for a law to force that kind of thing.

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    Comment number 62.

    Surely parents have the responsibility to prepare for their own future, financially and practically, while they still can? There's no guarantee your children will even be alive when you're old, never mind have the desire or lifestyle to take care of you. My parents have always said they will never expect myself or my siblings to look after them.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 61.

    @U15777815

    "I wonder what the stats would be if China permitted euthanasia?"

    Can you be more focused, this is not the main topic here, it will be somehow a topic later for China, rightnow it's at the very end list of issues China need to resolve itself in next 10-20 years.

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    Comment number 60.

    Oh no.... that infers that i will have to take my wife to see her batty old mother, we thought we were safe until MIT moved within an hours drive :(

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    Comment number 59.

    @L_CM

    "not all British people abandon their parents in care home"

    The truth is Britain dont have the culture of taking care their parents either, but China has it, as it's written into Confusious' teach, you can do a min-research on it, I want to perseve this culture, as raw materialism is eating up everything, time to slow down to relect ourselves

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    Comment number 58.

    @L_CM
    agree! this is part of goverment scheme that wants children to share the burden of social care as FT mentioned. However, this law makes sense to me, i would vote for it. In 70s-80s China, when we still very poor, parents sacrific ethemselves, saved hard to give us decent enducation, having a well-paid job and better life later. I am gratefull, and will do everything to make them happier.

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    Comment number 57.

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    I wonder what the stats would be if China permitted euthanasia? I'm not getting down on China, but I'm under no illusions as to their wistful cultural propaganda!

    .

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    Comment number 56.

    @ KJ
    You may never been to China before. I cannot believe how ignorant you are to get the idea that China is similar to North Korea.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 55.

    Having talked to Chinese students in the UK, it is horrifying to see the pressure they are already under, both culturally and as a result of governmental policy. For those working abroad this policy will mean being forced to spend income travelling home regularly, as opposed to being able to save for their futures, and financially provide for their parents in old age. Rather counterproductive.

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    Comment number 54.

    Dear Mr. Al; I don't understand what you're getting at. Not all Chinese take care of their elderly parents (or else they don't need to have this law); and not all British people abandon their parents in care home. Again this has more to do with the fact that social security net in China is not adequate for seniors; they want to "force" their children at least financially be responsible to them.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 53.

    @TinaCBR

    Having more than one Child is against Chinese State Law, limiting population is one of the biggest contribution china made to the world. Force abortion is cruel act, i disagree....,however you are wondering why those people broke the LAW at first

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    Comment number 52.

    i dont know what's wrong, why ppl here generally gave low rate to comments made by people critisize UK system for elderly care,...,I have been here for 10 years, i feel sorry to see elder people die in their home without notice, die without heating in the winter, I can't stop to ask "where are their children!?", that comes from the first reaction from being a Chinese

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    Comment number 51.

    Some of you are criticising the UK's values, yet I would like to point out that our modern day family values are no worse, if not better than yours ! We do not have mothers scared of having more than one child.. Even more so if that child is the wrong sex !

 

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