A city in eastern China is introducing a system that lets people getting married check if their partner has a history of abuse.
Yiwu, in Zhejiang province, is launching an inquiry service that will be available to residents from 1 July.
Popular news website The Paper says that people who are arranging to get married will soon be able to fill out a form, and see if their partners have any history of violence, “either between family members or during cohabitation”.
All they need to do is provide a formal form of ID, and personal information on the person they are set to marry.
One person is allowed to make a maximum of two inquiries a year, it is reported.
Zhou Danying, a member of the women’s federation in the city, has welcomed the move, saying the system will help protect people in the city from domestic violence.
The China Daily newspaper also notes approval from law professor Han Jin, who says this system “protects a person’s right to be informed about the personality of their significant other before tying the