The iron hand with the Communist government in China is implementing family planning policies is often held up as a striking example of administrative efficiency.
Well the element of coercion may be forgiven when they are seeking to contain a population exploding beyond relentlessly.
The riots against punitive measures reported last week was an indication of how insensitively things are being done over there.
Worse, the Chinese citizens are virtually ruining their lives in an attempt to beat the policy.
Increasingly they are taking to fertility drugs in the hopes of a multiple pregnancy. In the process they are saddled with more children than they can manage to rear. They feel helpless then.
Like the case of Niu Jian Fang and Jiao Na of Buffalo village in the Henan province in central China.
A woman can only give birth once. So, four years ago, Jiao Na got pregnant and gave birth to a son, Bei Bei. And then a few minutes later she had a daughter, Jin Jin, then another son Huan Huan, a second daughter, Ying Ying, and finally another girl, Ni Ni.
They had indeed beaten China's one-child policy by having quintuplets.
But life has not been easy for them since. Their small farm does not bring in much money. They have had to give Ying Ying to a relative because they cannot afford to raise all five children on their own.
It is a struggle, but they are happy they have more children at home than would have been possible in normal circumstances.
Many families admit they use fertility drugs to get round the one-child limit.
One woman says her parents-in-law put the drugs into her food to make sure she would conceive twins.
Where agriculture is the mainstay, families need more than one child to help till the land, they argue.
One could see here more twins on one single street than one would expect to find in the entire village.
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