China Court Rejects Suit Over Right to Sex – Reuters

From Reuters via the New York Times:

A Chinese court has rejected a woman’s claims for compensation for her life, which was ruined when her husband was injured in an accident, the Shanghai Daily reported on Thursday.

Wei Suying, 31, whose husband has suffered from erectile dysfunction since a 2003 workplace accident, filed suit in a Shanghai court asking for 220,000 yuan ($27,650) in compensation from the shopping center where the accident occurred, it said.

But the court ruled that Chinese law does not define an individual’s sex life as a protected right. Relatives can only ask for mental anguish compensation when a victim dies, the report said. [Full Text]

Also see Shanghai Daily’s Court rejects right to enjoy sex life suit

His wife filed a separate lawsuit asking for 100,000 yuan compensation for mental anguish and 120,000 yuan to purchase vibrators and hygienic necessities over 20 years. She said she had spent about 8,000 yuan in the last year on such products.

The shopping center argued that Wei, as the wife of the victim, wasn’t qualified to ask for compensation. It also said the medical experts didn’t conclude that Zhang’s erectile dysfunction was permanent.

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