S Korea shuts lewd child­bear­ing site

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

SEOUL:

South Korea’s gov­ern­ment closed its web­site that drew fury for show­ing the num­ber of women in child­bear­ing age by each city dis­trict and re­gion. The Min­istry of the In­te­rior’s web­site fea­tur­ing the pink birth map re­mained closed yes­ter­day, a day af­ter its launch, show­ing in­stead a no­tice that the site is un­der­go­ing cor­rec­tions to re­flect pub­lic opin­ion.

The web­site had gone off­line af­ter just a few hours fol­low­ing crit­i­cism the gov­ern­ment is try­ing to shame women for not hav­ing ba­bies. Some said the gov­ern­ment treated the birth rate is­sue as con­cern­ing only women, point­ing out that no pic­ture of men was used on the web­site. Us­ing pink as the main color, the site con­tained in­for­ma­tion on birth rates, ben­e­fits from lo­cal gov­ern­ments on child rear­ing, av­er­age mar­riage age and other data. On top of the web­site, it showed a pic­ture of a woman kiss­ing a lit­tle girl.

In the birth map, the re­gions with a higher num­ber of fe­male res­i­dents aged 15-49 were colored in dark pink while the re­gions with a lower num­ber of such women were shown in light pink. The site also fea­tured a rank­ing of re­gions by the num­ber of women aged 15-49. Users could look up how many women who can have a baby resided in their neigh­bor­hood for the past 10 years. — AP

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