Woman lived un­der­ground for 20 years

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION -


“He of­ten quar­rels with me,” Quan said.

On Fri­day the un­der­ground util­ity com­part­ments were blocked with ce­ment by the lo­cal Jiang­tai com­mu­nity au­thor­ity.

Ge Daoshun, a re­searcher of so­cial pol­icy at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences, said it’s right for the lo­cal gov­ern­ment to block those com­part­ments be­cause of the po­ten­tial safety hazard.

But home­less peo­ple such as Quan, who chose to live this way, will only find other sim­i­lar places to stay, Ge said.

Chen Tao, a pro­fes­sor at China Youth Univer­sity for Po­lit­i­cal Sciences, said it’s hard for old peo­ple with chil­dren to get help from the so­cial as­sis­tance sys­tem be­cause their fam­i­lies are sup­posed to sup­port them.

Adults who are ca­pa­ble of sup­port­ing their par­ents are obliged by China’s Con­sti­tu­tion to do so.

But many peo­ple like Quan don’t get help from fam­i­lies, Chen ex­plained.

Chen said that a pro­fes­sional so­cial worker team should be cre­ated to eval­u­ate whether older peo­ple need so­cial as­sis­tance, in­stead of only tak­ing into ac­count whether they have rel­a­tives.

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