Woman ordered to visit mum under new China law
THE daughter of a 77-year-old Chinese woman has been ordered to visit her at least once every two months, in the first case under a new law to protect the elderly, reports said yesterday.
Leaning on a cane, the woman hobbled to the plaintiff's seats at a court in Wuxi, which heard the case against the daughter and her husband on Monday, the Wuxi Daily reported.
The law, which came into effect on Monday, was enacted amid rising concerns that China's rapid development has challenged its traditional extended-family unit and created a spiralling number of empty-nest homes.
The couple from Wuxi, in the eastern province of Jiangsu, had agreed to care for the woman, surnamed Chu, but had not visited since she went to live with her son following a family dispute, the report said.
The People's Court in Beitang district decided that the couple should visit the mother at least once every two months, and on at least two of China's national holidays, it said.
It also said that the couple could be ordered to pay compensation if they did not visit.