Local custom, lack of regulation behind baby dumping in east China’s Shandong Province
JINAN – Experts said the dumping of 21 baby bodies and fetuses in a river in east China’s Shandong Province was due to old local custom and a lack of regulation.
In some parts of China, especially in poor rural areas, parents are reluctant to take baby bodies home for a funeral. They would rather dump the body in a corner of the hospital or pay someone to bury it, said Ma Guanghai, deputy dean at Shandong University’s School of Philosophy and Social Development.
If bodies are recovered from hospital corners, the hospital should register the identification of the dead baby, report it to the public security bureau, and hand them over for cremation.