Take proper care of needy kids
Recent media reports on an 8-year-old girl forced to live in a pigsty in a village of a county in Sichuan province has exposed the legal vacuum in the protection of minors, says an article in Yangzi Evening News. Excerpts:
The girl, namedXiaozhong, has been living in a pigsty that belongs to her mentally challenged mother since she was an infant. The girl was born after her mother was raped by a stranger, and even at the age of 8 she weighs only 7 kilograms and cannot speak.
Facing public criticism after Xiaozhong’s story became public, the county government defended itself saying it had been offering help to the girl and her mother; it claimed to have been giving them minimum living allowance and other subsidies.
The local government may have been helping the mother-girl duo, but its helpwasnotenoughto take care of a girl like Xiaozhong. Xiaozhong is an extreme case, andshe is not the only girl (or boy) in China who needs immediate and constant help.
Despite not being orphans, many children like Xiaozhong need special care in China. According to data released by the children’s welfare research center of Beijing Normal University, the number of children in China who lack proper support is 570,000 to 580,000, compared with 615,000 orphans. Since such children are not orphans, they cannot be sent to orphanages where they can get proper food and care.
The protection of minors is not only a household issue but also a government problem. When a child’s parents lack the ability to support them, the government should take over the responsibility. Also, the government should take measures to plug the loopholes in legislation to protect minors so that children don’t have to live in pigsties.
The administrative punishment given to the head of a local power station in Henan province for ordering his subordinate to sever electricity supply to a KTV bar with whose manager he had a quarrel and thus caused a blackout in the entire area, is not enough for the abuse of power. A thorough probe should be launched to determine the proper extent of the punishment he deserves, says an article on www.huanqiu.com. Excerpts:
Yang Shusen, the head of a power station in Qixian county inHenan had gone to the KTV bar with some friends during working hours to have some drinks and had a quarrel with the bar manager. After threatening the manager that he would demonstrate the “power of the ‘power tiger’”, he called a subordinate at the power station and orderedhimto cut off the electricity supply to the area for “emergency overhaul”.
After an investigation into the incident was completed, officials declared that Yang had been removed from his post, his bonus for six months scrapped, and serious demerit points were registered in his personal file.
But the punitive measures are not enough for the blatant abuse of power by Yang, because the investigation didn’t take into consideration his violation of State laws. By starting a brawl in a KTV bar, a public place, during working hours, Yang not only disturbed the normal social order, but also seriously compromised public interest by ordering the severing of power supply to the bar and its neighboring households.
By abusing his powers for personal vengeance, Yang violated the internal management norms of the power station as well as broke State laws, for which he should receive stricter punishment. After the investigation by a higher department, the relevant judicial authorities should also start procedures for a judicial probe into the case.