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China: Visit your parents - or else

2012-12-28 17:41

Beijing - Visit your parents. That's an order.

So says China, whose national legislature on Friday amended its law on the elderly to require that adult children visit their aged parents "often" - or risk being sued by them.

The amendment does not specify how frequently such visits should occur.

State media say the new clause will allow elderly parents who feel neglected by their children to take them to court.

A rapidly developing China is facing increasing difficulty in caring for its ageing population.

Three decades of market reforms have accelerated the breakup of the traditional extended family in China, and there are few affordable alternatives, such as retirement or care homes, for the elderly or others unable to live on their own.

Comments
  • thembile.v.dunjana - 2012-12-28 18:59

    these people forget that people have different relationships with their parents. i really dont understand the motive behind this. people must have a right to do what pleases them and that includes who to visit

      rude.awakning - 2012-12-28 22:46

      you do know that this is in communist china?

  • thami.rapoo - 2012-12-28 20:31

    If this law can be adopted here in SA that will be good.

      Mandy Casey - 2012-12-28 21:01

      In ZA they can also introduce the: look after your children instead of smoking tik law

      rude.awakning - 2012-12-28 22:40

      @mandy, .......:::hilarious! : (

  • Prudence Molefe - 2012-12-28 21:43

    i haven't visited home for 2 months n already my baby is giving me sleepless nyts cos she is missing my dad of which he is d person im left with.. n my dad confessed on my last visit that it makes him happy n gives him life to see kids running around d house .. pity all my 5 sisters are married... so everyone has their own lives now .. its been 11yrs since my Ma passed away.. how sad it is when we get so busy that we forget about our parents... n such laws need to b enforced :-( .

  • fidelity.mcoshi - 2012-12-29 01:56

    You have to admire the Chinese method of avoiding a Western-style underclass! Extended families are for reasons like this, to look after the old, instead of abandoning them in old age homes. Have westerners ever given any thought as to why most African families have more children. If you knew there was good chance that several of your children would die from disease, conflict or hunger, yet you needed those same children to sustain you in your old age (in absence of state pension), would you not keep procreating too?

  • rude.awakning - 2012-12-29 22:47

    there are, in some instances, dignity in the elder living in an old age home! Before they are abused by their own children/family and denied their basic rights. Before they are forced to hand over every penny of their old age pension and turned into beggars to try and survive. Before they are beaten blue and black by their loving families. And god forbid if they loose their independence and mess the bed or cant eat without help! When their grandchildren speak to them with utter contempt in front of their parents, with impunity! SadlyThat is when an old age home is a better option and no chinese remedy will help!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-29 23:35

      It doesn't even have to be by the hands of the loving families. It can be at the hand of any unscrupulous person offering 'in-home' care. Or a long-time friend with no morals. If your elder parent/grandparent is in a registered frail care/retirement home, they fall under Dept of Health and Welfare. So you have legal recourse. There's no recourse for the 'carer' who takes a 3hr lunch, eats all your Grandmother's food, sells her medicine and runs a spaza shop out of her living room - using the telephone and contents of the house. No protection when the registered estate agent (and friend of 12 years) sells all her furniture, jewellery and eventually her house, gets a fraudulent power of attorney and takes all the money. Elder abuse is rampant. We are a society who delights in preying on the weak and frail. And the people I allude to here are long-time friends, employees and church members. All who were ultimately strangers.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-12-30 10:47

      The article says that adult children must visit their old parents not necessarily live with them!I think this is a very appropriate law cause if people don't respect their parents then they disrespect society and themselves!

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