Recently, I saw a disturbing video in which a man was tossing his 10-year-old son on the floor and was kicking him on his neck multiple times. And all of this because he lied.
As the enraged man continued slapping and slamming his son, his cry got louder and louder. He pleaded to his father for forgiveness, but nothing worked. The 50-second video, recorded by the boy's mother, unbearable to watch, went viral on social media.
Is this how parenting should be?
Did these parents ever wonder how this could influence other kids and other parents?
Do they even know that treating their kids like this is a criminal offence?
We live in a society that calls itself 'modern'. But do you think we deserve to be called that?
"How many times have I told you not to tell a lie," the brutal father tells the child, who is cringing in fear. "Yes, you have. Several times," says the father, as reported by NDTV.
"No child can lie like you," the mother can be heard saying.
"We have arrested the father under the Juvenile Justice Act. The matter is being investigated... We have charged him under the Juvenile Justice Act 82 and the Indian Penal Code Sections 323 and 506," said MN Anuchaith, Deputy Commissioner of Police Bangalore West Division.
There are various provisions in the Constitution of India concerning the protection and welfare of children. According to Helpline Law, Article 14, 15, 15(3), 19(1) (a), 21, 21(A), 23, 24, 39(e) 39(f) of the Constitution of India has provisions for the protection, safety, security and well-being of all its people, including children.
According to a government website, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, child abuse can leave a severe impression on kids like improper brain development including impaired learning ability and socio-emotional skills. It can also result in blindness or cerebral palsy from head trauma. This increases the higher risk for heart, lung and liver diseases, obesity, cancer, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol plus anxiety.
Smoking, alcoholism and drug abuse are also some effects of child abuse that can hamper the kid in the long run.
Child abuse is not restricted to beating kids. Maltreatment, being neglected or parents failing to provide kids the right kind of food, clothing, and care, rejection, betrayal or continuous isolation is emotional torture for kids which is also illegal.
If we talk about the current scenario, the biggest problem is that kids are not aware of their rights. If they are taught that they are important and have the right to be safe, they are less likely to take abuse and more likely report the offender.
According to Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, parents should never discipline their kids when they are upset. Because abuse is not just physical, both words and actions can inflict wounds.
Unexplained injuries, depression, inability to trust others or making friends, change in eating or sleeping patterns, poor hygiene, secrecy... all these are indications of child abuse. If you ever witness a kid suffering from these, please take a step and ask them.
If you ever witness a child being harmed or abused, it is critical to report it to the nearest child protective services department or local police.
"Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul." - Dave Pelzer, A Child Called "It"
That's all, readers. Remember, it is essential to protect children and improve their lives.
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