New China law says children ímust visit parentsí
By Celia Hatton | BBC News
Grown children in China must visit their parents or potentially face fines or jail, a new law that came into effect on Monday says.
Chinaís new "Elderly Rights Law" deals with the growing problem of lonely elderly people by ordering adult children to visit their ageing parents.
The law says adults should care about their parents "spiritual needs" and "never neglect or snub elderly people".
The regulation has been ridiculed by tens of thousands of Chinese web users.
Many across China are questioning how the law could be enforced, since it fails to spell out a detailed schedule dictating the frequency with which children should make parental house calls.
"Those who live far away from parents should go home often," it says.
However, that does not mean the law is toothless.
Instead, it serves as an "educational message" to the public, while also serving as a starting point for law suits, explained Zhang Yan Feng, a lawyer with Beijingís King & Capital Law Firm.
"Itís hard to put this law into practice, but not impossible," Mr Zhang explained.
"If a case is brought to court on the basis of this law, I think itíll probably end up in a peaceful settlement. But if no settlement is reached, technically speaking, court rulings can force the person to visit home certain times a month."
"If this person disobeys court rulings, he could be fined or detained."
But few in China seem to fear they will end up behind bars if they fail to log visits home.
"Who doesnít want to visit home often? What is considered "often"? Who will oversee the process?" complained one poster on weibo, Chinaís version of Twitter.
"We all know to cherish our elderly parents, but sometimes we are just too busy trying to make a living and the pressure is too much."
"Itís fine that no-one is paying for us to visit our parents, but is there someone who can give us time off to do it?" asked another.
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