Too many par­ents bru­tally beat, even kill their chil­dren

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

It is com­monly said, spare the road and spoil the child. How­ever, chil­dren should be pun­ished — with in­ten­tion to cor­rect — with lim­its. This is be­cause some par­ents in our neigh­bour­hoods beat up their chil­dren, not mind­ing what might hap­pen af­ter they are in­jured. For ex­am­ple, a cou­ple beat to death their 11-year old daugh­ter be­cause she at­tended a Kalen­jin cir­cum­ci­sion cer­e­mony in Bar­get vil­lage, Kure­soi South, with­out their per­mis­sion. Was this re­ally cor­rect­ing her for the mis­take or an as­sault with in­ten­tion to kill? If they had not beaten her like a wild an­i­mal, then the young in­no­cent girl would be alive and may be , she could grow to be a suc­cess­ful woman in fu­ture. There should be a limit to pun­ish­ing chil­dren for their mis­takes. Let us join hands to pro­tect chil­dren by re­port­ing such par­ents to au­thor­i­ties. Cor­po­ral pun­ish­ment is ac­tu­ally il­le­gal in Kenya.

KEZIAH AMULL Vi­higa

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