Li calls for action in deaths of left-behind children
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.