A mainlander threatened to jump off a building after beating his pregnant wife for not giving him a son.
The 47-year-old man from the eastern Chinese city of Chiu Chow in Guangdong province stood for four hours on a window ledge of their 40th-floor flat in Hong Kong’s Wong Tai Sin district, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.
He was later arrested and charged with common assault.
The drama began Tuesday night when the man, surnamed Chan, argued with his wife after learning they are going to have another girl.
They have two daughters together and Chan has two other girls from a previous relationship, the report said.
Chan threw his wife and daughters out of the flat before climbing out a window. At one point, half of his body was dangling from the ledge.
Horrified onlookers watched as he began shouting and threatening to jump. Some pleaded with him to go back in, other reports said.
Chan had been drinking before the argument, one of many in recent months over his wish to have a son.
In 2007, he was convicted of child abuse after beating his 14-year-old daughter.
Sons are valued in Chinese culture but nowadays Chinese couples prefer girls, obstetrician and gynecologist Yu Kai-man said.
However, being in their forties, the couple should consider whether they can properly raise another child, said Kun Ka-yan, another obstetrician.
Paulina Kwok, a supervisor in Caritas Family Crisis Support Center, said there have been very few cases of domestic violence stemming from gender disputes between expectant couples.
She said child issues should be discussed before marriage.
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