Officials in Henan province have refuted online rumors that a local mother committed suicide recently because she could not afford a proper betrothal gift for her son’s wedding. Instead, they have alleged another reason for the woman’s suicide, which appears to be even more ridiculous.
Last week, a woman’s dead body was discovered beside a river in Ningling County. Police told reporters that the woman’s son had recently become engaged. However, the bride’s family wanted a car as a betrothal gift, something that the groom’s family could apparently not afford. Depressed, the woman jumped into the river and killed herself. After seeing his wife’s corpse, the woman’s husband tried to throw himself into the river as well, but was rescued by his son and police officers.
However, yesterday afternoon, the local propaganda department of Ningling County published a bulletin stating that the internet rumors concerning the reason for the woman’s suicide were false. Instead, officials claimed that the mother had in fact killed herself because she did not approve of her son’s betrothed.
One of her biggest complaints was apparently that the young woman was too short.
Netizens were rather taken aback by this latest twist in the strange, tragic tale. Some wrote in about their own happy relationships with partners much shorter than they. Others commented on how they had grown up to be much taller than their own parents.
“She disliked her son’s betrothed because she was short… this is even dumber than killing yourself over a betrothal gift,” one Weibo user wrote.