Corporal punishment in Africa is a human rights issue

In many African homes, correcting a child of wrongdoing is usually done with physical punishment. Many parents believe that children cannot be properly raised without being beaten. For instance, Christian parents refer to the Bible in Proverb 22:6 KJV, saying, “train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” For these parents, the training is not without corporal punishment because the Bible also admonishes in Proverbs 13:24 against spoiling one’s child by not sparing the rod.

According to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, corporal punishment is “any punishment in which physical force is used and intended to cause some degree of pain or discomfort, however light.” Corporal punishment mostly involves beating, slapping, smacking, spanking, using hand or equipment like a cane, belt, whip, and other physical abuse…..

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