Parents’ bribes, threats make kids vulnerable to sexual abuse: Study
A survey conducted by Early Childhood Association (ECA), a pan-India think tank, found that 76% of parents in Mumbai often use threats to discipline their children, and 67% use bribes ‘all the time’ to do so. ECA’s 10-month study, which involved 6,000 parents in Mumbai and Bangalore, warned that such parenting techniques are harmful as the expectation of bribes can make children more susceptible to paedophiles, who often use treats to lure kids, while threats can make them less likely to open up about any sexual abuse they may be suffering.
The study revealed that 36% of parents in Mumbai had threatened their children with physical punishment, 21% had threatened to abandon them, and another 23% had threatened to send them to a boarding school. Experts warned that such methods can leave long-term scars. ECA chose Mumbai and Bangalore for the study because both cities have seen a spate of cases in which children were sexually abused in schools or school buses over the past three or four years.