Parents In Rural Liberia Overwhelms With ‘Corporal Punishment’ On Kids

Parents nowadays in some rural parts of the country have been overwhelmed with many of them using what is called ‘Corporal Punishment or Physical Punishment’ to train their children for whatever they may have admitted wrongly.

The culture of impunity of harming their kids whenever they have committed any wrongdoings instead of the other way around seems to be rampant in the Liberian society with the recent incident when a  5-yr-old girl hands were burned in a scorching fire by her Grandmother for reportedly stealing piece of meat from the pot.

The disheartened incident occurred in Pleebo Sodoken District, Maryland County, on Saturday, April 6, 2024. Suspect Marie Toe is undergoing Police investigation at the Pleebo Police detachment, while the victim Little Theresa was rushed at a nearby health facility to seeking medication.

Similar incident took place in River Gee  a woman had allegedly burnt the hand of her 2-year-old out of anger because he allegedly ate her rice, as domestic violence goes on the rise.

The alleged aggravated assault case was reported on March 4,2023 to the Women and Children Protection Section of the Liberia National Police in this southeastern county.

Police said that the woman, Agatha Keye, Age 18, is a resident of rock Crusher community and she is undergoing investigation.

She is said to have put the child’s hand in the fire on grounds that the child ate her “cold rice” in the morning hours on February 23, 2023.

The Police Inspector in the area and WACPS commander, Potee dispatched a team of officers and the suspect was arrested.

Something needs to be done to bring these perpetrators to justice

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