While some in China find the love of their life at 16, others aren’t so lucky and spend their whole life searching in vain for that special someone.
Rather than point the finger at himself or the gender gap, one Gansu man has blamed his parents for his lifelong bachelor status. At 46 years old it seems he could take it no more, dragging his sick father from his bed and beating him to death with a club on Tuesday morning, local news reports.
When police arrived, a three-hour standoff ensued at the family home with the son threatening to kill himself with a knife if anyone dared to come near. Finally, police resolved the situation with some tear gas.
Before the incident, he had been living with parents for several years. However, fellow villagers report that he was unhappy with his mom and dad because they weren’t rich enough to give him any status or help with his wife search.
Thanks to the former one child policy, Chinese men outnumber women by 33 million, leaving a troublingly large amount of frustrated men, mostly out in the countryside, with little hope of finding a wife. Last year, a Zhejiang economics professor proposed changing the law to allow women to take multiple husbands to fix this critical problem.
Instead, leaders decided to drop the one child policy for a two child one. Still, the mess is going to take decades to clean up, and in the meantime you can likely expect more senseless violence and grave robberies.
[Images via Lanzhou News / Sina]