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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    Comment number 40.

    Why is there a need for a comments section? Is it because China (who the west dislike) made this law? There should be such a law in UK as well. Bravo to china for making this law.

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    Comment number 74.

    I think Chinese society has a lot to learn from the West. They need to create a better social security nets for disadvantaged people including poor elders. But it's still a developing country. I don't think the point of raising children is for them to take care of you when you get old. I agree this law has to do with Chinese culture where treating your parents poorly are really frowned upon.

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    Comment number 27.

    In the UK, as soon as your parents get old they're shifted to an old people's home and their old room fitted out with a pool table!
    The West has an awful lot to learn about morality and values from countries like China.

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    Comment number 98.

    No matter the "cultural inheritance" one comes from, the idea that a parent can hold their child's birth and raising to adulthood ransom is appalling. These parents who have invested so much time and money in their children's lives have neglected to learn live their own life and in return have gained nothing more than a resentful, bitter adult "child" who only wants to leave their past behind.


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