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China Fining Parents for Second Kid Born Before One-Child Policy Scrapped

A girl feeds her little sister and herself at the same time in Taizhou, Zhejiang province, in May 2013. Families in Zhejiang receiving court orders to pay overdue fine for the second child before 2014 are saying they shouldn't have to pay as the one-child policy was abolished at the end of 2015. Photo: Visual China
A girl feeds her little sister and herself at the same time in Taizhou, Zhejiang province, in May 2013. Families in Zhejiang receiving court orders to pay overdue fine for the second child before 2014 are saying they shouldn't have to pay as the one-child policy was abolished at the end of 2015. Photo: Visual China

On the first day of China’s 2017 Lunar New Year, a shop owner in Zhejiang province said he found an enforcement notice posted on his front door that ordered his family, whose monthly income is less than 10,000 yuan ($1,450), to pay an overdue fine of 170,000 yuan for having a second child.

The fine, dubbed a “social maintenance fee,” is in effect a punishment for violating China’s now-defunct one-child policy. The shop owner’s second child was born in July 2014, well before Beijing scrapped its three-decade-old one-child rule in October 2015, allowing all couples in China to have a second child. The new law took effect the following Jan. 1.

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