Knotty mar­riage prob­lem

Global Times - Weekend - - OPINION -

The Min­istry of Civil Af­fairs of China re­cently is­sued a state­ment to control vul­gar wed­ding horse­play so that Chi­nese mar­riage cer­e­monies do not be­come a show­case for ill-got­ten wealth and ob­scene acts. The bride price and wed­ding horse­play are cus­toms that are sup­posed to bring hap­pi­ness, warmth and ro­mance to new­ly­weds. But in a 2017 sur­vey by Hun­liji App, 83 per­cent fe­male and 58 per­cent male re­spon­dents were against vul­gar wed­ding horse­play. Al­though so­ci­ety de­tests it, horse­play is still fre­quent. In 2017, a groom in Anyang, He­nan Prov­ince, killed his bride on the wed­ding night due to a dis­pute on bride price. On Novem­ber 25, a groom in Zunyi, Guizhou Prov­ince, was hit by a car af­ter he lost his cool dur­ing a vul­gar wed­ding horse­play. If so­ci­ety fails to re­al­ize how un­ac­cept­able these prac­tices are, tragedies will keep hap­pen­ing. The gov­ern­ment’s state­ment aims to re­form the sys­tem and help hold de­cent mar­riage cer­e­monies to help cou­ples live hap­pily ever af­ter. How­ever, the ef­fect of the gov­ern­ment move re­mains to be seen.

Il­lus­tra­tions: Peter C. Espina/GT

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