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China mother, fined $67,500 for flouting one-child policy, sues for basic rights

Published on Dec 5, 2013 6:06 AM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Chinese warehouse worker Liu Fei was fined 330,000 yuan (S$67,500), or 14 times her yearly wage, for having a second child and her failure to pay means the boy has no access to basic rights like schooling and healthcare.

Ms Liu's desperation prompted a fruitless attempt to sell her kidney and her eight-year-old boy's plea to sell his instead.

Their dilemma has now triggered a rare legal battle against the police for denying the boy a "hukou" - household registration - due to strict family planning laws.

The case will be heard in a Beijing court on Friday.

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