That photo is probably the Indian (or Asian) concept of parenting! And it is time for us to majorly rethink it!!
In less than a year, there is yet another diplomatic battle brewing between India and Norway on yet another child abuse case. What India calls “culture appropriate” parenting, is regarded as abuse and violation of a child’s human rights in Norway and in most other western countries.
In the last case, Norway submitted to the bullying by the Indian government, egged on by the Indian public, and allowed the children back to India. This time they are not taking any chances. The two parents in question have been jailed in Norway! Norway didn’t quite like the burn marks on the 7-year-old boy’s legs, and probably didn’t buy the parents explanations that he had bumped his legs against a cooking stove. They also didn’t like their threatening to do other things like burn his tongue and send him back alone to India. The family of the jailed couple thinks otherwise. They say, “How can the court pronounce its judgment based on the complaint of a seven-year-old boy without even taking into account our arguments based on Indian culture and values?”
They are not alone. It is how India views parenting. A child is the property of a parent. Is it for anyone to say, what a person is to do with their property?
You can beat, burn, sell, destroy your property – and I’m talking about children here, (more…)