Chi­nese cou­ples get­ting di­vorced to pro­tect their ‘over­sized prop­er­ties’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - HTWORLD - Indo-Asian News Ser­vice let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Thanks to a new reg­u­la­tion on ru­ral hous­ing by the Chi­nese city government of Guiyang, the res­i­dents have to get di­vorced to keep their houses.

Ac­cord­ing to the reg­u­la­tion, ru­ral and res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties built on col­lec­tive land should not be more than 240 suare me­tres per house­hold.

Cou­ples in Guiyang city are scram­bling to get di­vorced fol­low­ing this rule.

Xie Qing­tong, a 58-yearold farmer in Da’ao vil­lage, in Yun­yan district, Guiyang, said he had no choice but to di­vorce his wife, Zeng Li­hong, in Novem­ber. They got di­vorced to pro­tect the 500-square-me­tre house they built seven years ago, re­ported Global Times Fri­day.

“No one wants to do this, but we really have no choice,” the cou­ple was quoted by the China News Weekly mag­a­zine as say­ing. The de­ci­sion to di­vorce took place af­ter the new reg­u­la­tion on hous­ing was an­nounced Au­gust 28 by the city government of Guiyang. The reg­u­la­tion cov­ers 1,313 vil­lages in Guiyang.

“Af­ter di­vorce, one fam­ily be­comes two and the hous­ing size per­mit­ted by the au­thor­i­ties is also dou­bled,” Xie ex­plained. “We just fol­lowed the tor­rent of di­vorces.”

Xie is not alone. A week af­ter the reg­u­la­tion was pub­lished, ru­ral res­i­dents rushed to mar­riage reg­is­tra­tion halls to split up from their loved ones to pro­tect their “over­sized” prop­er­ties.

The civil af­fairs bureau in Yun­yan district wit­nessed 120 cou­ples di­vorc­ing ev­ery­day in Oc­to­ber, six times the usual level, the Guizhou Metropo­lis Daily re­ported.

The di­vorcees in­cluded cou­ples who had only been mar­ried for two or three months as well as those in their 80s and 90s.

In fact, the daily re­ported that cou­ples left the halls cheer­fully af­ter they were is­sued with the dark green di­vorce cer­tifi­cate.

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