A woman in China recently faced scrutiny at Beijing airport when she attempted to use a forged passport to conceal her true age from her boyfriend, who is 17 years her junior. The woman, whose identity remains undisclosed, presented her passport to immigration officers for inspection.A vigilant official noticed irregularities in her passport information, revealing her actual birth year as 1982.
Suspecting foul play, the official requested additional documents from the woman, causing her frustration and nervousness. In an attempt to evade further scrutiny, she hastily tried to snatch her passport back from the officer and insisted on a private conversation, all while urging her younger boyfriend to proceed through the checkpoint.
The situation took a surprising turn when the woman confessed to possessing two Chinese passports—one reflecting her actual age of 41, while the other claimed she was 27. Justifying her actions to the officer, she explained that she opted for this deceptive measure to shield her true age from her 24-year-old boyfriend, fearing it could impact their relationship.
As the couple prepared for a trip to Japan, she went to great lengths, spending US $900 (roughly ₹76,000) to acquire a counterfeit passport with a fabricated birth year of 1996.
During the encounter with immigration officials, she expressed a sense of injustice and erupted in frustration, exclaiming, “I only altered my age.”
Consequently, she was levied a fine of 3,000 yuan (over ₹35,000), and her fraudulent passport was confiscated.
“She adjusted her birth year from 1982 to 1996, creating a substantial age gap. Wasn’t her boyfriend attentive enough to notice this alteration?”
“In a genuine relationship, age should be inconsequential. However, it appears she may not ‘appear old’ because otherwise, how could she successfully conceal it?”
In accordance with China’s Entry and Exit Administration law, employing counterfeit or modified immigration documents can result in detention for a period of five to 10 days and incur a fine of up to 10,000 yuan (US$1,400).