Suf­fer lit­tle chil­dren…

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WE MAY ar­gue over many is­sues, but one thing that there can be no dis­agree­ment over is the sa­cred­ness of a child’s life.

That’s be­cause peo­ple through­out the ages have al­ways be­lieved that there is no love greater than that of a par­ent for a child.

Against this back­drop, there are few crimes so in­iq­ui­tous as the mur­der of an in­no­cent child.

The is­sue was brought to the fore by two shock­ing court cases in Durban last week, in which par­ents were found guilty of the abuse and mur­der of their chil­dren.

The first in­volved the much-pub­li­cised case of Baby X, who died on Novem­ber 20, 2014. She was burned with cig­a­rettes, bat­tered with a va­ri­ety of ob­jects, bound with rope and de­nied food.

The cru­el­ties and ne­glect in­flicted on this de­fence­less child and her sib­lings (who are now be­ing cared for in a home) were mind­less and in­ex­cus­able what­ever the cir­cum­stances.

In the sec­ond case a Phoenix fa­ther who pleaded guilty to stran­gling and killing his 7-year-old son was sen­tenced to 25 years in jail.

He had also in­tended to mur­der his 4-year-old daugh­ter, but she had fallen asleep.

In this case, the ac­cused claimed he com­mit­ted the hor­rific crime to pun­ish his wife, but there can never be any rea­son to take the life of a help­less and in­no­cent child.

Chil­dren are gifts that par­ents should cher­ish and pro­tect. They have a right to life and love.

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