7 Jan 2011

China considers law to make children visit parents

8:33 am on 7 January 2011

China is reported to be considering making it a legal duty for people to visit their aged parents, as the country deals with the problems of a growing elderly population.

A government official told Chinese state media that under a draft amendment, elderly people who are ignored by their children could go to court to claim their right to be physically and mentally looked after.

An eighth of the population of China is over the age of 60, and more than half of them live alone, the BBC reports.

Decades of China's one-child policy have left fewer workers supporting more and more elderly relatives.