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Chinese girl in critical condition after attemped suicide

16-year-old ‘over-quota’ girl drinks pesticide after Chinese gov. denies college entrance: report


    Fri Jul 26, 2013 16:42 EST

Cai Yanqiong with her grandmother

LUZHOU, Sichuan, China, July 26, 2013 ( - A 16-year-old Chinese girl is in critical condition after drinking pesticide, reported Chinese media this week. Cai Yanqiong, an “over-quota” daughter, had just learned that her lack of government registration barred her from taking China’s college entrance exam.

Ms. Cai, who has one older brother, was reportedly raised by a single father who came under the jurisdiction of the One-Child Policy. According to the human rights group All Girls Allowed, in Sichuan, fines for violating the policy range from $4,200 to $31,400 while the average annual urban income is only $2,919. Because her father could not afford the fine, Ms. Cai never received a hukou, the government registration needed for access to medical care, public transportation and education.

Ms. Cai began attending school in a different village in first grade. But without a hukou, she could not even receive school lunches. Officials in Chishui, her hometown, denied her and her father’s repeated requests for the fines to be waived. (...)

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