China passes law forcing kids to visit elderly parents
Beijing: China is moving a step further by perpetuating their citizens to take care of their elderly parents.
China is adding a new revision to the Law on Protection of the Rights and Interests of the Elderly People, which was passed in December.
It enforces frequent visits to the elderly and forbids any form of domestic violence, such as insulting or discriminatory language, physical torture and abandonment.
The revision has triggered heated debates as it does not specify appropriate number of visits and neither has it specified any punishment on deferring from the law.
According to the Global Times, China had 185 million people at or above age of 60 by the end of 2011. Cases of abuse against elderly have increased manifold in past few years.
This law stipulates that support to aged parents does not change with their marital status. Although, experts believe the current revision looks more like a reminder of traditional values rather than compulsory law.
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