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Marriage database hookup to prevent liars

SHANGHAI is among the first group of cities and provinces to share marriage database this year to prevent bigamy and cheating in marriage.

Local residents will be able to check whether their spouses-to-be are married already or were divorced before when civil affairs departments across the country hook up their database by 2015.

Shanghai, Beijing and Shaanxi Province are among the first municipalities and provinces to share marriage registration archives online this year.

"This will help stop bigamy," said Zhou Jixiang, an official with the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau.

Currently, local people's marriage status can be checked but it is impossible to check the status of out-of-town people.

The country has developed a standard marriage information system to facilitate the exchange between provinces.
Bigamy cases have been reported in Shanghai due to the lack of information exchange. Last year, Minhang District People's Court sentenced a man to 16 months in prison with a two-year reprieve for the crime of bigamy.

The married man, surnamed Wei, lived with another woman who gave birth to a son in the city.

Wei married his wife Huang Ying in his hometown of Yongcheng in Henan Province in 1987. He fell in love with another woman, Zhang Qin, in 2006 and began to live together like a couple in a rented house in Shanghai until his wife found out and reported it to the police.


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