New guideline gives children stronger protection
Parents who sexually abuse or abandon their children will lose custody rights, according to a new government guideline.
The new guideline also stipulates that parents who sell their children or use violence against them also will lose custody.
The guideline lists other instances in which a court can decide that the parent must surrender custody, including leaving a minor without care and in danger of death or severe injury and coercing a child to beg.
“Legal guardians’ abusing their children has become a very severe problem in society,’’ said Hu Yunteng, a member of the judicial committee of the Supreme People’s Court.