A senior couple in their 80s recently won a court judgment in their favor that rules their grandson must support them, given the fact that their daughter had passed away and their bedridden son is incapable of fulfilling the responsibility.
"Neither our son nor daughter could support us. What could we do?" they said. The elderly pair in southwest China's Sichuan Province worried about their twilight years. With no other choice, they turned to their grandson for help.
"He has a job, with stable income. He is able to take care of us," they claimed.
However, the youngster refused the request, arguing that it was his father's responsibility, not his own, and he needs to care for his own sick parent. What he can do is to provide some financial support, instead of taking up all the duties, he stated.
The dispute was resorted to the court. "The law rules that capable grandchildren have an obligation to support their grandparents if the seniors have lost their own children," said the judge during the mediation.
Such third-generation support also applies to cases where the grandchildren are brought up by their grandparents or the grandchildren have inherited property from their fathers, he added.
While some netizens applauded the rule, a significant portion expressed their understanding for the youngster.
"As a single child, the grandson has to support his parents, and his grandparents. A single person works to support four. I think he has no way out but to resort to illegality," said a commenter from east China's Shandong Province.
"When a grandson marries a granddaughter, then how many will they have to support? That's a rough calculation! No wonder many have chosen not to marry and nearly as many have divorced!" questioned another.
Still some others called for better social insurance and enhancing the government's role in providing support for the nation's seniors.
(Source: Chengdu Daily/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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