Social Issues

Call for special concubine unit

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 25 March, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 March, 1995, 12:00am

A SCHEME that provides legal services and counselling should be set up to support women whose husbands keep concubines in China, social workers and academics say.

More resources should be given to help such wives, such as improved job opportunities by eliminating age discrimination, they said.

The wives should also get maintenance of up to three-quarters of their husbands' assets and income after divorce, it was suggested.

Hong Kong Caritas social worker Paulina Kwok Chi-ying yesterday said the 'mainland concubine' issue was getting serious.

She said the 14 Caritas family service centres last year handled more than 4,000 cases, of which 544 were related to extramarital affairs.

She told a Hong Kong Council of Social Service seminar that a special government unit should be set up to provide counselling.

Linda Wong Sau-yung of the Hong Kong Federation of Women's Centres said: 'The Chinese traditional concept that having a good husband is a woman's only goal is wrong. Women should have their own role and status in the society.' Dr Li Cheuk-ming, senior lecturer in the Department of Business Studies at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, suggested women receive half to three-quarters of their unfaithful husbands' assets.