02 Nov '11, 6am

Chinese city drafts 'Good Samaritan' law after case involving injured toddler who later died

Chinese city drafts 'Good Samaritan' law after case involving injured toddler who later died

In a picture taken on Oct 16, 2011, two-year-old girl nicknamed Yue Yue is treated at a hospital in Guangzhou. -- PHOTO: AFP BEIJING (AFP) - A city in southern China is considering passing a law to protect people who help strangers from being sued, after a case in which an injured toddler was ignored by 18 passers-by, a report said on Wednesday. Officials in Shenzhen are drafting rules that would protect well-intentioned rescuers from legal action if their efforts failed 'as long as there was no negligence or deliberate sabotage', the China Daily said. There have been renewed calls for such laws in China after the death last month of a two-year-old girl who was twice run over in the southern city of Foshan, which like Shenzhen is located in the prosperous province of Guangdong. At least 18 people walked past the girl, nicknamed Yue Yue, as she lay unconscious in the street...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Asia/Story/STISt...

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