Zhang said his girlfriend, surnamed Gao, was dragged out of the house by relatives because he couldn’t take care of the nearly $80,000 bride price, but Gao later explained the bottom line of the story.
A young man surnamed Zhang last weekend posted on social media a video showing his girlfriend being dragged from her new home in Yinchuan city, Ningxia autonomous region, northwest China, where they lived together. At one point, she fell to the ground, but her relatives still pulled her away.
Zhang tried to stop Gao’s family when they forced her into the car, but was pushed to the ground.
“We have been together for 6 years, worked together and now own the same house. We plan to get married. The house is in her name so that her mother will not worry, but they still react. harshly,” Zhang said in the post. “They said they would only agree if I gave them 500,000 yuan ($78,600), even if they had to sell the house.”
Zhang called the police after his girlfriend was dragged away. Xixia District Police said on February 13 that Gao and her family had agreed to talk to each other to resolve the disagreement, and warned Gao’s parents not to restrict her freedom of movement.
The video has caused outrage on Chinese social media, with many arguing that parents are interfering too much in marriages in the country. Many people criticize that parents are turning their daughters into commodities.
“This is not something parents can do, only traffickers do,” one person commented on Weibo.
However, Gao said the story Zhang told omitted key information, such as the 500,000 yuan wedding request made in anger and that the family never intended to receive the money. According to Gao, her parents were upset because she only told them about Zhang six months ago, even though they have been together for six years.
“After the tension in the house calmed down, I felt that public opinion had gotten out of control, and I hope people can rationally analyze the situation and stop bullying us online,” Gao said.
Huyen Le (Follow SCMP)