Corporal punishment is the act of inflicting physical pain by a parent or guardian to a child who’s committed any sort of wrongdoing.
The occasional spanking is a widely accepted form of disciplinary action in the Philippines. Indeed many Pinoy parents often remind their children that serious misbehavior is subject to this physical punishment.
As some might say, it’s simply tough love.
According to a report by Save the Children Philippines (an NGO against child abuse) - around 65% of Filipino kids have been spanked as punishment by their parents or guardians.
However, do parents truly know where the line between discipline and child abuse is drawn? How different are a few slaps to the rear compared to a father using his belt?
Unfortunately some parents and guardians don’t realize how vague corporal punishment is. Some children have to suffer undue abuse because of it.
Here’s a story of one such incident - discipline turning to abuse.
A 10-year old girl from Tagum City was rescued by authorities after her own grandmother cut off her finger.
Why? Supposedly, for stealing a P20 bill.
Delia Monilla, a concerned community leader, reported that the grandmother was furious at her granddaughter for stealing. The grandmother was a former community treasurer.
“The grandmother said she was fed up with the girl for repeatedly stealing money. She said the P20 stolen from her was not the first time the little girl did it, in fact the girl has stolen about P7,000 from her already,” she said
According to Monilla, the little girl’s father left their family a long time ago while mother is an OFW working in the Middle East. From the onset of their home life, the daughter and her two siblings weren’t being abused or neglected.
Neighbors have suggested that the girl might’ve stolen the money because she was hungry.
For the time being, Tagum City Police Chief Supt. Laudemer Laude said that the authorities will coordinate with the City Social Welfare Development Office to file charges against the grandmother.
The little girl is now under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), according to the report.
“If she has to be taken away from her grandmother’s custody, we will recommend her to be under the Provincial Women and Children’s Shelter,” Provincial Social Welfare Chief Arlene Semblante said.
Semblante said that the 10-year-old must be traumatized after the ordeal and that she will look after the girl.
Remember parents and guardians, children are children – they aren’t mature enough to understand the consequences of their actions.
Nonetheless, they don’t deserve to be physically injured because of their mistakes.
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