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A father in China tried to kill himself because he was ashamed that his son was still single at the age of 29

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A father in China tried to kill himself because he was ashamed that his son was still single at the age of 29

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The 55-year-old father reportedly handed a suicide note to guards at the Shanghai train station.SOPA Images / Contributor

  • A man in China attempted suicide because he was ashamed that his son was still single at 29.

  • He survived the incident and would be hospitalized.

  • The case sparked a debate on social media about pressure on young people in China to marry.

A father in China attempted suicide because he was ashamed that his son was still unmarried at the age of 29.

According to local video news outlet KNews, the unnamed 55-year-old handed a suicide note to Shanghai train station guards on January 22 and said he had just overdosed on medication. He then passed out at the scene, said one of the guards interviewed by KNews.

In the note, addressed to his son, the man wrote that he “lived a life of shame” because his son had yet to start a family, according to the report.

“People my age in the village all already have children and grandchildren…but you’re 29 and you haven’t achieved anything,” he wrote.

While the man survived the incident and would be hospitalized, the case sparked a conversation on social media about pressure on young Chinese people to settle down early.

On Chinese Twitter-like platform Weibo, a user said that as a father himself, he could identify himself.

“The father’s responsibility is to raise his son well and give him a good education, but also to see him get married and start a business. Only then can he fulfill his mission,” he wrote. .

Others commented that it would be even more difficult for this man’s son to marry now, as the pressure from the in-laws is too much.

In China, people are expected to marry before they turn 30, and it is not uncommon for parents to push their children in this direction, even going so far as to arrange dates for them in the blind.

If young women are not married after 27 years, they are called “sheng nu” or “remaining women”. This even stems from the fact that nearly half of young Chinese urban women said they had no plans to marry.

As for young men, they are pushed to settle down as early as possible because they are “supposed to carry on the family line”, Dr. Mu Zheng, a sociology expert at the National University of Singapore, told Insider.

“Marriage has also been an important marker of social maturation and personal success,” she said.

“Given China’s high real estate prices and the expectation that men bear the majority of household costs, the transition to marriage indicates that the man is socially and financially ready.”

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression or has thought about harming or killing yourself, seek help. The national lifeline for suicide prevention (1-800-273-8255) offers free and confidential 24/7 support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to help with prevention and crisis situations.

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A father in China tried to kill himself because he was ashamed that his son was still single at the age of 29

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