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Draft law would promote bravery

By Wang Zhenghua (China Daily)

08:54, March 22, 2012

Definition of heroic deeds unveiled at a legal seminar in Shanghai.

Residents of Shanghai can now see if their brave acts make the cut as "heroic deeds".

In a draft good Samaritan law, unveiled at a legal workers seminar, a heroic deed is defined as an act taken to safeguard national or public welfare, or other people's personal safety or financial security.

Those who brave a risk to combat illegal behavior, assist agencies to fight crimes, or take action in emergencies, can even apply for compensation and an award.

Acts obligated by law or by agreement, however, should not be viewed as heroic deeds, the draft said.

"The new draft has a better definition and encourages heroic deeds," Hao Chenyu, a scholar who has taken part in drawing up the draft, told China Daily on Wednesday.

Shanghai is the second region in the country to put the matter before its local congress this year.Along with the province of Guangdong, the city is believed to lead other areas in China in encouraging people to take up the fight for just causes and better protect those injured in doing good deeds.

Last year a string of incidents sparked a heated debate on declining moral standards and on whether the country should enact laws to punish people who shy away from lending a helping hand to accident victims.

In the case that most appalled the nation, a surveillance camera recorded a 2-year-old girl in Foshan, Guangdong province, being run over by motor vehicles twice while 18 passers-by ignored her. The girl later died despite medical treatment.

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