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Chinese Courts Give Domestic Abusers a Pass

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“In principle, in divorce cases, the first time one sues for divorce, it won’t be granted. [Marriage is] a traditional value,” said Judge Zhang Yanbin in the Chinese city of Chengdu, ruling against a woman’s petition for divorce. “We made the ruling to give the man a chance.” Expand A woman wearing a protective mask makes her way on a heavily polluted day in Beijing, December 26, 2015. © 2015 Reuters In June 2017, during an argument about their daughter’s education, the husband of Dong Fang (a pseudonym) severely beat her and their daughter. Dong sought and obtained a protection order.…

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