Tuesday, July 11, 2006

China's One-child Policy: Brutally Enforced

China's One-Child Problem
"The current family-planning policy must be kept basically stable, a fundamental measure to cope with the fourth baby boom in the next five years," Zhang Weiqing, director of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, said in April.

Although other regions have seen forced abortions, activists say the abuses in Linyi were unusual because local authorities took villagers within the area hostage. When women fled to avoid losing their babies, lawyers and residents say, officials seized their parents, nephews or cousins as leverage, hoping to force the women to return.

Liang Suhe, a villager in Banqiao, said he was detained with his wife for a month last year because her brother and sister-in-law were planning to have a third child and authorities couldn't find her.

"We were both beaten up, but my wife was beaten harder," he said. "Her waist and her back still hurt periodically.

"The officials wouldn't believe Liang when he told them he didn't know where his in-laws were, forcing him to make a 10-day trip to northeastern China in search of the couple. When he returned without his in-laws, Liang was detained again. He still doesn't know their whereabouts, he said.

If they suspect you are in violation of the policy, they come after your family. Sad.


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