Grown children in China must visit their parents or potentially face fines or jail, a new law that came into effect on Monday says.
China’s 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 Beijing’s King & Capital Law Firm.
“It’s hard to put this law into practice, but not impossible,” Mr Zhang explained.
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