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China Daily Reports “Dumping Fetuses is Due to Local Customs!”

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 3, 2010

This is horrific and pretty grisly, and actauly says a lot about China, their culture and how they value human lives. A day ago, around 21 baby bodies and fetuses were found dumped under a bridge. Some of the fetuses still had tags on the little toes from the hospital from whence they had come. The babies were just dumped like waste and some Chinese were outraged. The chinadaily followed up on the report with the following: pretty barbaric imho….

the headline from the chinadaily reads

Dumping of baby bodies due to local customs: Experts

(China Daily)
Updated: 2010-04-01 07:30

INAN – The dumping of 21 baby bodies and fetuses in a river in East China’s Shandong province was due to old local customs and a lack of regulation, experts said. In some parts of China, especially in poor rural areas, parents are reluctant to take babies’ bodies home for a funeral. They would rather dump the body in a corner of the hospital or pay someone to bury the baby, said Ma Guanghai, deputy dean of Shandong University’s school of philosophy and social development.

According to regulations, if a body is recovered from a hospital corner, hospital officials should register the identification of the dead baby, report the case to the public security bureau and then arrange for the baby’s body to be cremated.

Eight of the 21 bodies had tabs with clinic code numbers attached to their feet. The tabs showed the bodies were from the Affiliated Hospital of Jining Medical University.

Mortuary workers Zhu Zhenyu and Wang Zhijun have been sacked by the hospital and detained by police for allegedly reaching verbal agreements with the relatives of the dead babies to dispose of the bodies for a fee, Gong Zhenhua, a city government spokesman, said on Tuesday.

“They subsequently secretly transported the bodies to the Guangfu River, but they failed to bury the bodies completely,” he said.

“There should be regulations for dealing with infants’ bodies and dead fetuses that comply with both the law and folk customs,” he said. “Otherwise, there will always be loopholes for hospital management.”

Xinhua – China Daily

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