The family of a 5-year-old boy who was killed in June by a
glass window that fell from an apartment building in Shenzhen, Guangdong
province, has received 2 million yuan (S$392,000) in compensation,
according to a local media report.
The compensation was paid jointly. The owner of the apartment paid 1.8 million yuan, and the tenant who lived in it gave 200,000 yuan, a report by Shenzhen Television said.
The boy was hit by a falling glass window from a 20th-floor
apartment in Shenzhen on June 13 while he was on the way to kindergarten
with his mother.
He died three days later after treatment in hospital.
The parents of the boy had previously asked for 5 million yuan in compensation, local reports said.
Chinese internet users said better inspections should be carried out to avoid such incidents.
“Two million yuan cannot buy a complete family. No matter
how much money is paid, you cannot save a life. Hope this will not
happen again,” said a user named Menghuanxiaomini on popular
microblogging site Sina Weibo.
“I hope property management companies can arrange for regular inspections and maintenance of windows and other stuff in residential communities,” said another Weibo user named Togethercoffee-Yang.
Zhang Yan, head of the property management division at
Shenzhen Housing and Construction Bureau, said his department is
preparing to launch initiatives calling on owners’ committees of
residential communities to add content about falling objects into their
Yang Qin, a deputy to the Shenzhen municipal people’s
congress, said Shenzhen is making amendments to its real estate
management regulation. “We will strongly recommend putting terms about
falling objects into it,” he said.
The subject of falling objects, as well as objects thrown
from heights, has caused widespread concern after reports of several
incidents that occurred within a month recently.
On June 19 in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, a 10-year-old girl
was injured by objects thrown from a building by an 8-year-old boy who
Also in Jiangsu, a 4-year-old boy was killed by falling glass weighing 100 kilograms on June 5.