Women sought compensation for housework she had done after her husband filed for divorce. The women, who did not work outside the home during the marriage. The judge ruled in her favour, telling the man to pay for her labour.

A Chinese court has ordered a man to pay his former wife 50,000 yuan as compensation for housework she did during their five-year marriage. Under a landmark civil code that seeks to better protect the rights of individuals, spouses can seek compensation from their partners in a divorce if they have shouldered more responsibilities – including housework.

The award for compensation for housework sparked debate on Chinese social media, with many netizens saying the amount was too little. “A nanny’s annual income is already in the tens of thousands of yuan”, “this is too little.”

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