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Chinese court rules that a woman’s housework is worth $128 a month

Clothes are hung from clotheslines as a woman walks past residential buildings in Wuhan, China, June 14, 2017.

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BEIJING – A Chinese court has ruled in a divorce case that a woman should receive around 50,000 Chinese yuan ($ 7,700) from her husband as compensation for five years of housework.

The decision sparked an online debate this week as to whether it was a fair price.

That’s about $ 128 a month, or just over $ 1,500 a year. In terms of Chinese currency, the payment is about 10,000 yuan per year.

China said its poorest earned an average of 9,808 yuan per person per year in 2019. This figure is up from 3,416 yuan in 2015.

In this case, brought up in Fangshan District, southwest of Beijing, the wife’s housework counted as the value of intangible property, Judge Feng Miao told state media, according to a report on Monday. .

It was not immediately clear when the court ruling was handed down. But it was the first such ruling that referred to new provisions in China’s civil code that went into effect in January.


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