The proposal comes from 13 members of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, who argued that guardians should take criminal responsibility for negligence that leads to injury or death of a child they’re supposed to take care of.
It comes just days after two children fell to their deaths from the fourth floor of a shopping mall in Tianjin. A similar incident happened back in November at a Shanghai mall, where one grandmother lost balance and dropped a four-month-old baby while riding an escalator.
Proposal contributor Li You of the China Democratic League said public sympathy was usually with guardians. With this, he called for the establishment of a legal system that would deal with guardians involved in such casualties.
Chengdu Economic Daily quoted him as saying (via South China Morning Post):
“The harm done to children due to negligence by reckless parents poses a severe social problem and deserves the attention of families, society and the relevant authorities.”
We’re not exactly sure if the proposal covers instances of left-behind children, one of which suffered years of abuse from his father and thus committed suicide right on the eve of the recent Chinese New Year.