An Anhui sophomore college student got chatting to a man online and fell pregnant after a one-night stand. A shotgun wedding ensued soonafter, but only two days after the child was born, the father disappeared and the girl filed for divorce during her senior year. Pingnan County Court granted the divorce last week, Taiwan News reports.
The pair first met online in May 2011, during the student’s sophomore year. They started instant messaging each other, then chatted via webcam. In June they met for the first time and ended up sleeping together. By July, she discovered that she was pregnant with the man’s child.
The father urged her to keep the child and even threatened to leave her if she didn’t. Too ashamed to turn to her family for help and worried about providing for her child as a single parent, she made the decision to marry the father during a small ceremony in his hometown. During their short-lived marriage and cohabitation, she discovered that he had a criminal record, liked to gamble, drank heavily, and would occasionally hit her. Just a couple of days after she gave birth, her husband vanished without a trace.
The couple officially filed for divorce a month after the child was born. Pingnan County Court in Fujian gave custody of the child to the father, and ordered the student to pay 300 yuan every month towards childcare.
So let this be a lesson unto all those who may feel inclined to celebrate One Night Stand Day (yes, there really is such a thing). Stay safe.
By Lisa Wang
(h/t: Ed News China)