The Chinese court rules that a woman’s housework is worth $ 128 a month

Clothes hang on clotheslines as a woman walks past residential buildings in Wuhan, China on June 14, 2017.

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BEIJING – A Chinese court ruled in divorce proceedings that a woman should receive approximately 50,000 Chinese yuan (US $ 7,700) from her husband as compensation for five years of housework.

The ruling sparked an online debate this week over whether this was a fair price.

That’s roughly $ 128 a month, or just over $ 1,500 a year. In Chinese currencies, the payout is around 10,000 yuan per year.

China has stated that its poorest people earned an average of 9,808 yuan per person per year in 2019. That number rose from 3,416 yuan in 2015.

In this case, who grew up in Beijing’s southwestern Fangshan District, the woman’s housework counted as the value of the intangible property, Judge Feng Miao told state media on Monday, according to a report on Monday.

It was not immediately clear when the court ruling was given. However, it was the first such decision to refer to new provisions in the Chinese Civil Code, which went into effect in January.

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