China’s mistake on One-Child Policy

China might change to a one-child policy:

China eyes change to one-child policy

China eyes change to one-child policy

The world awoke to some very encouraging news out of China this morning.  The country may scrap a 30-year-old policy that has resulted in millions of orphans. The Chinese government leaked a report on the country’s one-child policy that it commissioned from a high profile Chinese think tank called the China Development Research Foundation.  The report’s conclusion: China’s one-child policy should be abandoned immediately in favor of a two-child policy to be instituted until 2020 when all birth restrictions should be lifted. This news is sending shock waves through the international community at large and most especially the adoption community.  If the Chinese government adopts the report’s recommendations, the number of orphaned children—particularly girls, who make up the bulk of abandoned babies – will likely plummet in coming years. The one-child policy has been in place since Deng Xiaoping passed the legislation in 1979.  The actual policy sets forth rules a bit more complicated than simply one family, one child.  Some parents, like married only children and rural parents whose first born are girls, are permitted two children.  But, of course, these are the exceptions.  For the vast majority of Chinese, the one-child per family rule holds.  The policy was designed to control an exploding population in the world’s most populous country and lift millions out of poverty.  And by those measures the policy has been effective.  It is estimated that in the years since passing the policy China has succeeded in reducing its population anywhere between 100 to 400 million people. But at what cost? Today, more than 30 years after the policy took effect, there’s a gaping gender imbalance, as parents have preferred boys to girls. Additionally, China’s workforce is aging and with fewer younger workers to support the retiring Baby Boomers, resources are straining. China has also earned the ire of the international community because its orphanages are overflowing with unwanted first girls. With China’s middle class developing, its economy more stable and the negative side effects of the one child policy in full blossom, there is abundant pressure on the government to make bold changes.  The leaking of this early version of think tank’s report is a signal that the central government may be ready to do just that.  Some sources believe that the changes may be imminent as outgoing President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao are on a campaign to burnish their images. While it’s certainly welcome news that China may be at the brink giving greater freedoms to its citizens, there remains some doubt as to how big of an effect a change in policy will have on actual families. It is expensive to raise children and for many in China’s emerging middle class the idea of creating larger families holds limited appeal. Also, there remains a risk for China as a whole.  Even a slight uptick in population could put enormous pressure on the country’s health, infrastructure and educational resources. Time will tell whether China will overturn the one child policy or simply modify it.  What is certain is that either would be a move in the right direction both in terms of human rights and in reducing the number of orphaned children. 

South Africa “World Rape Capital”

Despite A Decline South Africa Still Remains The “World Rape Capital”:

Despite A Decline South Africa Still Remains The "World Rape Capital"

Despite A Decline South Africa Still Remains The “World Rape Capital”

South Africa’s National Freedom Party (NFP) has said the sexual offense statistics in the country were still very high despite a small decline observed. “We note that while sex-related crimes… decreased by just more than one percent, these crimes still remain very high as compared to global figures and South Africa remains the rape capital of the world,” News24 quoted NFP president Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi, as saying. KaMagwaza-Msibi welcomed an overall decrease in crime reflected in the latest statistics released by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Thursday, and she added sexual crimes were not always reported. “We call on the government to provide safe shelters for the elderly and orphans, especially in rural areas, as these sections of our population are the most vulnerable to sexual crimes,” KaMagwaza-Msibi said.

Woman falsely claimed rape Jailed!

Woman who falsely claimed she was raped by three men because she regretted having sex with them jailed for two years

Woman who falsely claimed she was raped by three men because she regretted having sex with them jailed for two years

Woman who falsely claimed she was raped by three men because she regretted having sex with them jailed for two years

A woman who cried rape because she regretted having sex with three men at a drunken orgy has been jailed for two years for her ‘wicked’ lies. Rosie Dodd, 20, had been out drinking when she met the men, aged 25, 23, and 21, and started groping one of them on a bus on the way home. She had sex with them one after the other, but after telling a friend she felt ‘dirty’ she lied to police that she had been raped. The men, two of them students, then suffered a ‘nightmare’ involving intimate examinations and being locked up in cells. But after police became  concerned about inconsistencies in Dodd’s account, she admitted the encounters had been consensual. Last night she was put behind bars. On a social networking website, she has left displayed numerous photographs of herself with a string of men, apparently taken as trophies of her conquests. Jailing Dodd at Nottingham crown court, Judge John Milmo told her: ‘None of these three lads had seen the inside of a police station before. ‘They may well have been wrongly convicted if these charges had gone to trial. It was ten days before police managed to talk to you – and you admitted your allegations had been completely untrue. I am told, from your perspective, it was easier to tell lies rather than tell the truth. ‘I have no idea why you decided to make these wicked allegations.’ Dodd went out drinking in Nottingham city centre in June, downing eight vodkas and ending up in a casino. There she met one of her numerous ex-boyfriends and through him met the trio. She and the three men took a bus to a house in the Clifton area of the city, and  during the journey she began groping one of them. In the house she willingly had sex with all three. But afterwards she texted a friend saying that she felt ‘dirty’. With that in mind she claimed to police that all three of her partners had raped her. The men, who have not been named, were arrested on suspicion of rape and spent a total of 50 hours in custody before being released on bail. After further enquiries police grew suspicious and, when challenged, Dodd admitted she had consensual sex with the men and made up the claims because she felt regret at sleeping with them. But police said Dodd, of Nottingham, who is listed as in a relationship on a social media site, showed no remorse. She was charged with perverting the course of justice and pleaded guilty at a previous hearing. The court heard that one of her victims had recently graduated from university – but what should have been a time for celebration became a ‘nightmare’. Another victim, who was  also a student, said a medical investigation he was forced to go through was ‘awful’, and told of his embarrassment at having to detail the consensual sex he had had. One of the men said he feared his plans to work with children in America would be wrecked by the episode, although police claimed any trace of the investigation would be wiped from their files. None of the men had any criminal record.