Li calls for ac­tion in deaths of left-be­hind chil­dren

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Li Premier Li Ke­qiang urged greater su­per­vi­sion of chil­dren to avoid tragedies such as the four left-be­hind sib­lings in Bi­jie, Guizhou province, who died af­ter drink­ing pes­ti­cide.

The four, aged 5 to 13, con­sumed pes­ti­cide at their home in a vil­lage in Guizhou province on June 9 in an ap­par­ent sui­cide at­tempt and later died in a hos­pi­tal, po­lice said. The chil­dren had been with­out parental care since March af­ter their fa­ther left to take a job far from home. Their mother had left home in March last year af­ter a bit­ter feud with her hus­band.

Li asked rel­e­vant de­part­ments to en­sure that the coun­try’s tem­po­rary as­sis­tance sys­tem is put into place when­ever re­quired. He said rel­e­vant de­part­ments should make ef­forts to in­ves­ti­gate the in­ac­tion of some gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and pun­ish those re­spon­si­ble. Such a tragedy should never hap­pen again, the premier said.

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