Minister of State in the Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development Raziah Ahmed yesterday condemned the posting of a video on Facebook, showing a woman beating her daughter with a belt for approximately just over six minutes, after the 12-year-old girl posted “indecent” pictures of herself on the site.
In the video, which was posted on the weekend, the mother was heard instructing another female in the house to post the video online.
The Minister stated that further embarrassment of the child after the child stepped out of line is wrong, because children experiment with behavior.
However one does not embarrass a child when they have done things that you would not expect.
Children are exposed to so much. They are fragile. They are bombarded with so much information, which gives them so much choice.
Ahmed said instead, the mother should have engaged in reasoning.
She said the parenting role has shifted from strict disciplinarian to a more embracing technique.
She added that the situation called for a certain level of understanding and that parents were supposed to be more morally responsible.