外文标题：Over 100,000 temporary marriages by Chinese migrant workers
BEIJING: More than 100,000 migrant workers in China are believed to have entered into temporary marriages- a euphemism for live-in relationships. These include many who are already married, and have left their spouses behind in their villages before migrating to industrial centres for work, officials and analysts say.
"Due to long separations, many of those in the current wave of migrant workers have started 'temporary marriages'. It may surprise many to hear it, but it is very common among the group I belong to." Liu Li, a member of the National People's Congress, the Chinese parliament, said at a press conference. He was the first migrant workers to be chosen for the parliamentary membership by the Communist Party last year.
China has 250 million workers, and 80% of them are in the 21-50 age group, according to the National Statistics Bureau. Analysts say the number of married workers, who have opted for a second and temporary marriage, would exceed 100,000. There are reports saying many companies were providing housing facilities to such "temporary families" to ensure good relationship with workers and better productivity.
More than 73% of them are married and live far away from their partners. Most of them had not expected to live long years in loneliness when they ventured into the life of a migrant worker, Liu said.
The State-run Beijing Youth Daily has sprung to the defence of temporary marriages. It said that "when faced with lust, it's reasonable that migrant workers would form temporary marriages to solve the problem".
The paper then explained that, "Despite the moral condemnation and the risk of destroying families, this after all is safer and healthier than illegal behaviour like seeing prostitutes. Moreover, by sharing the cost of renting and cooking, 'temporary marriages' can be more economic."
But Liu's disclosure, which had earlier not been publicly discussed by government officials, caused a lot of shock reaction over the Chinese internet with many disapproving the live-in relationship pattern. A post in Lexun.com, a popular mobile network website, warned, "If we let such loose sexual partnerships go wild, the real victims will be female migrant workers who are in a more vulnerable position."
Communist Party's organ, the People's Daily tried to delve into sociological reasons saying: "The temporary marriage phenomenon is caused by half-cooked urbanization, hampered population mobility ... and an [unequal] urban-rural structure. In the long term, the ultimate solution is to improve migrant workers' distressed living conditions via institutional reform and systemic improvement."
Pallavi (Port Louis)
The large population is a bane rather than a boon. Its time the government of India took things seriously and worked hard towards reducing the population growth.
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Chineese can do anything to make a product cheap and competitive
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CHEAP MORAL CHEAP PRODUCT,, VERRRRRY CHEAP ,, MONA DARLING!!!!!!!!
Bailon Mascarenhas (Goa)
it depends in what way we look at this story, either about the plight of the family they have left behind or their lonely life which they have chosen to shed and get married. What happens when they return home after retirement? these men will enjoy their life with new wife, but their children will be suffering and will be lonely.
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Siloo Kapadia (Singapore)
Disgusting but makes sense. Rather than marriage they should have live-in sex friends. Why not? No better than the prostitutes that Indian men by the millions go to when they are on the road (and even when they are not)
MD.MUNEERUDDIN MUNEERUDDIN (WANAPARTHY AP)
Children born to these temp union will be suffered
aam aadmi (NEPAL) replies to MD.MUNEERUDDIN MUNEERUDDIN
IN UAE GIRLS FROM PHILLIPINES ARE READY TO STAY TOGETHER FOR MONEY SEAVING PURPOSR,, & THEY DONT HAVE SANTITY OF THE PU$$i
"Go cheap by any means" is a dangerous proposition in long run. The culture and values should be at stake and it is rather very difficult or impossible to regain them. It is always better to remember that Peroto's "Welfare Economy". It talks about maximizing the efficiency of a system without altering others. Otherwise this could result into a big social problem in the days to come.
aam aadmi (NEPAL) replies to S.V.Patil
YOU ARE TALKING IT THROUGH INDIAN PERSPECTIVE DEAR
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S.v.Patil replies to aam aadmi
No, I am talking in global perspective
Temp marriages better then rapes & prostitution.....
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thakraon280 (Gurgaon) replies to Reason
I agree with you. But big question is how their wives are managing back? Do they don't have sexual instinct? Might be they are also opting for similar kind of options.
it is good option for both parties . FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS . desires consumed without complications and money saved to boot. best all way round