China cracks down on striptease funerals"Donghai" County, indeed.
China is ordering an end to the practice of employing strippers to attract crowds at funerals, the state news service has reported.
Local tradition suggests bigger attendances at send-offs bring good fortune to the spirits of the dead.
But complaints after state television exposed the practice at a funeral in Donghai county, Jiangsu province, have forced the authorities to act, according to Xinhua news agency.
Watched by a crowd of 200 mourners including children, two strippers engaged by the family of a dead farmer gave what the local media described as an "obscene performance." Five people were subsequently arrested as the government demanded an end to the practice across the country.
A telephone hotline has been established to gather reports of any further funeral misbehaviour.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
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