BEIJING: Police have detained a local official and a driver for fatally running over a 13-month-old boy during an argument with his family over the payment of a fine for violating China’s strict family planning limits, state media and the local government said today.
The boy’s death Monday is the latest incident to aggravate long-running public resentment over the family planning rules that limit many families to one child and some rural ones to two.
After the incident in a village outside the eastern city of Rui’an, thousands of residents protested outside local government offices, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
Police detained the two people on unspecified charges late yesterday, said a statement on the Rui’an government’s official website.
Reports of the incident have further inflamed popular dislike of the family planning limits and the use of beatings, forced abortions, sterilizations and other aggressive enforcement measures.