A man killed two Chinese government officials and injured four others at a family planning bureau on Wednesday. Earlier the man had gone to the bureau to register his fourth child but had failed to pay the exorbitant fee for having more than one child and was turned away. In China, your child must be registered to get an education, among other government benefits. The Washington Post reports:
According to the official Xinhua News Agency, staff in the Dongxing City Family Planning Bureau—which comes under Fangchenggang city—refused Monday to register the man’s fourth child for a hukou, or resident’s certificate, because he hadn’t paid a social compensation fee.The fee is a fine levied on parents who break family planning laws and can be up to 10 times a family’s annual income, depending on the province and the whim of the local planning bureau.
Social media has made it a lot harder for China’s rulers to keep the lid on stories like this, stoking public resentment of this cruel and outdated leash on a thriving society. China’s continued prosperity will depend on its having enough workers to power its economy and support its rapidly aging population.We reported earlier this year on some signals that the government was considering revising the policy. Between the public discontent and the economic and demographic concerns, the one child policy looks increasingly like it’s headed for the dust bin.