Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Hunan, Henan Increase Fines for Excess Procreation

China province sets huge fines for one-child rule
BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese province plans to levy fines as high as eight times the violator's annual income for breaking long-standing family planning rules that usually limit couples to one child, Xinhua news agency reported.

The provincial parliament in Hunan is discussing a draft amendment of local family planning regulations that would raise the fines after revelations this month that almost 2,000 officials and celebrities had broken the country's family planning laws, it said on Wednesday.

"Those who had an illegitimate child would face an additional fine six to eight times the income of the previous year," it said.

An official with the Hunan family planning commission told Xinhua: "The current penalties are too low for well-off people, and we are raising them to ensure social justice."


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