Monday, January 31, 2011

A traveler carried her baby in Hefei. - NY Times Photo Jianan Yu/Reuters

Parents in China may soon have legal recourse. As the new lunar year approaches, China's Civil Affairs Ministry is proposing new legislation that would require children to visit their elderly parents on a regular basis. If they don't, parents would be able to sue their children. China's government-appointed legislature says it's considering the proposal, which is an amendment to the 1996 law on the rights of the aged. The suicide rate for the elderly has tripled over the last seven years, placing China at the third-highest suicide rate in the world. - The Daily Beast

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