Chil­dren are not pri­vate prop­erty of their par­ents

China Daily - - COMMENT -

ON AUG 8, the lo­cal po­lice in Ji­nan city, cap­i­tal of East China’s Shan­dong prov­ince, is­sued a press re­lease about a man beat­ing his 15-year-old son to death. Bei­jing News com­ments:

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment by the po­lice, the man told the boy to work in the fields but when he ar­rived home at about 7 pm, he found the boy had not done as he in­structed. He then kicked and beat his son with a stick, and did not send him to hos­pi­tal even though his son was badly wounded. The boy later died at home.

Now the sus­pect has been de­tained by the lo­cal po­lice and he is ex­pected to face crim­i­nal charges. How­ever, a deeper look into the case finds the boy’s death could have been avoided.

The vic­tim’s mother left home about 12 years ago. And the fa­ther gave the boy lit­tle food, re­fused to send him to school, or­dered him to work in the fields and beat him quite of­ten.

The vil­lage of­fi­cials tried many times to per­suade the sus­pect to treat his son bet­ter, but their ef­forts failed.

Par­ents are nat­u­ral guardians of un­der­age youths, but the lat­ter are not their pri­vate prop­erty. Ac­cord­ing to the Gen­eral Pro­vi­sions of the Civil Law, newly passed by the leg­is­la­ture in 2017, when a guardian se­ri­ously harms the phys­i­cal or men­tal health of their ward, a lo­cal court should de­prive the guardian of their right to guardian­ship, ar­range tem­po­rary guardian­ship, and ap­point new guardians as nec­es­sary.

Par­ents are no ex­cep­tion to the law. Fur­ther, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and so­cial or­ga­ni­za­tions, such as vil­lage com­mit­tees, the civil af­fairs de­part­ment of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment, even the lo­cal un­der­age pro­tec­tion as­so­ci­a­tions could all take the par­ent to court.

So the ques­tion is: The lo­cal vil­lage com­mit­tee ob­vi­ously knew the man was mis­treat­ing his son, why did it not take the man to court so the boy could be taken into care? The abuse lasted years, where was the lo­cal civil af­fairs de­part­ment?

We hope vil­lage com­mit­tees and civil af­fairs de­part­ments na­tion­wide will shoul­der their child pro­tec­tion re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and pre­vent any sim­i­lar tragedies in the fu­ture.

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