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Must a child be beaten to death first, Lisa?

Published:Tuesday | May 12, 2015 | 5:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Corporal punishment should be outlawed, as recommended by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

Despite this call, Lisa Hanna and the Ministry of Youth and Culture which she runs are not yet willing to ban corporal punishment in relation to Jamaica's children.

Further, two local psychologists, as reported in last Sunday's Gleaner, are opposed to corporal punishment. I find it curious that Minister Hanna proposes and supports the legalisation of abortion across the board, yet, seemingly, still needs more convincing that corporal punishment should be banned. This is a troubling juxtaposition.

The rights of the child (unborn and born), in both cases, have been cast aside, it seems to me. In light of the reports of physical abuse that have emerged from the Office of the Children's Registry - 2,342 (2012); 2,912 (2013) - how many more recommendations to outlaw the corporal punishment of children does the minister need to support a ban on corporal punishment?

Does a child have to be beaten to death before the minister will be convinced that this is the right way to go? I hope not!

PATRICK A. GALLIMORE

pagalley@hotmail.com

Kingston