Due to an aging population, Shanghai, a city in China, has formulated a policy that will ensure children, who fail to visit their parents regularly are punished.
The policy, according to Daily Mail will come into effect on May 1, and enable parents, who don’t receive a visit to file lawsuits against their children.
Quoting Chinese People’s Daily Online, the reports said children, who refuse to visit their parents will be given a bad credit, which will in turn have an effect on their work, and also aspects on their life including buying a house and even having a library card.
It said the new law has an emphasis on ‘coming home’ rules, and it specifies that elderly parents who reside in nursing homes require more frequent visits.
The regulation also sets up an alert system for elderly care houses. It stipulates that organisations should remind family members to visit their parents more often instead of just abandoning them.
During these visits to their parents, the children have to provide financial and spiritual support to them.
It’s unclear how often children have to visit their parents.
According to a report by Shanghai Daily in 2014, the number of senior citizens living in Shanghai is set to pass 6 million by 2025.
Shanghai is not the first place in China to adopt this rule, both Guangdong and Jiangsu provinces also have adopted it.
The new rule has prompted mass debate on China’s social media site Weibo especially those who live in Shanghai.
One Shanghai resident wrote: ‘Oh please don’t mum. Never ask me to go home’.
While another said: ‘I’m 2,000 miles away from home. I miss my parents so much. But I earn little and have very few off says – going home is a wild wish of mine.’
Source: Daily Mail