Girlfriend query stuns china lawyers

Published Sep 30, 2015, 12:41 pm IST
Updated Mar 27, 2019, 4:00 pm IST
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Beijing: Will you save your mother or girlfriend in case of a deadly fire? This tricky question was asked to hundreds of thousands of trainee lawyers and judges taking China’s National Judicial Exam which is designed to assess whether the examinee is qualified to practice law in China or not.
The question went like this: If a person is capable of saving his mother but saves his girlfriend instead, is he committing a crime of non-action? 
Paper two gave multiple options for sections on drug laws, roads, pollution, fraud, bribery, murder and other serious offences. But Question 52 asked students about “crimes of omission”, posing scenarios including lifeguards failing to save a drowning child, a husband deciding not to rescue his wife during divorce proceedings and someone letting friends drink poisoned coffee. 


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