|A new report following the tragic accident in Henan last week has stirred up the Weibo, as the government offers different standards for the compensation of rural and urban residents. Is this a reasonable division, in light of the different living expenses between cities and the countryside, or a terrible bias that reflects the non-equal nature of Chinese society?
The criteria for compensation of victims of the bridge that collapsed in Henan: rural residents: 180,000 RMB, urban residents 400,000 RMB. The compensation plan is still not fixed. A family member of one of the victims said that negotiations about the compensation are now taking place.
Is there really a division of 'expensive' and 'cheap' in human lives? Should a life of a rural resident be discriminated against? When could this unequal standard be revised? Rural residents not only enjoy little material benefits, they are deprived of profit and become our society's second-class citizens.
Lawyer Zhang Shaochun says that according to law, when dealing with dead victims, the compensation duty includes not only medical treatment and nursing but also funeral expenses, death compensation, compensation for delayed work and other reasonable expenses.
Original article published by 吉和网综合
 塌桥 tā qiáo - Collapsed bridge, referring to an accident that took place in Hunan several days ago
 遇难者 yùnànzhě - victims
 赔偿 péicháng - compensation
农村户口 nóngcūn hùkǒu - rural household, rural hukou
 谈判 tánpàn - negotiations
 贵贱之分 guì jiàn zhī fēn - a division of expensive and cheap
歧视 qíshì - discriminated
 不到相关 bù dào xiāngguān - non-correlative, unequal
 剥夺 bōduó - deprive
 二等公民 èr děng gōngmín - second-class citizens
 律师 lǜshī - lawyer
 医疗费、护理费 yīliáo fèi 、 hù lǐ fèi - medical expenses, nursing expenses
 丧葬费 sāng zàng fèi - funeral expenses
 误工损失 wù gōng sǔnshī - loss from delay of work