The Chinese city of Shenzhen is to introduce a set of new ‘Good Samaritan rules’ in the wake of the outcry that followed the death of a toddler left dying in the street. The rules will be the first in China, and will free an individual of legal responsibility for the condition of someone they help except for cases of gross negligence.
There was shock across China earlier this year when video footage showed 2-year-old Yueyue being knocked down by a van. The driver left the scene and a stream of people walked past the dying child until a woman eventually stopped to help. Yueyue died later in hospital, sparking debate in China about the country’s moral compass.
Many people noted at the time that those who ignored Yueyue might have been deterred from acting because they would become legally responsible for the child’s condition. The new rules aim to defeat this half-truth, making it clear that people can help one another in such situations. Campaigners are calling for such a rule to be introduced across the whole country.