Why?

Social Issues are something that trouble most of us. We read about so many things that happen almost every other day around us. How many of us are actually in a place where we can do something about it? Not many, right? This was troubling me from the last few weeks but unable to do anything about it since the ‘society’ doesn’t allow us to voice our concerns. So, we write about it. At least, in this way, it will reach the ears of someone, and maybe someone will do something about it.

There is a boy who is living opposite my house and he’s just three or four years old. He’s mischievous just like most boys his age. Well, his misfortune is that there’s nothing he can do about it. So, his parents’, knowing fully well that corporal punishment may affect the child; instead opt for a time out. Now, most of us may not know what a time out is. It is a discipline method for setting boundaries to your child. Read more about time outs and other effective methods here.

Getting back to the little boy; his parents’ definition of a time out is putting him out in the balcony for hours together. The little child’s cries of plea fall to deaf ears as the parents’ believe this is the most effective form of punishment for this child. Little do they know that the cries of this child pierces through the entire building and the neighbors wonder, what kind of cruel punishment is being meted out for this poor soul. This is done a few times in the day by the way and sometimes even at night.

Our calls to the watchman and the parent’s themselves are of no use as the parents’ are least bothered about the effect it is having on the child. This kind of behavior from the parents’ would only make the child more aggressive growing up. Looking at this horrifying spectacle does break my heart at times. Though being the terror of my family, my parents’ never took it upon themselves to hand out such punishments for my naughtiness. They would tell me what is right and wrong and whenever I fell into a pit, I would remember their words.

Unfortunately, our society is such that if we call or complain to the police, the whole neighborhood would be upon us in an instant stating that this is a matter of the house and that we should not interfere in other people’s matter. More so is the worry that should we say something openly, a ritual may be performed on us for bad luck. I don’t believe that such things exist, but my mother does and so, I can only write about it. Hopefully, I won’t have to hide this for long because somebody will step up and say that ‘enough is enough’.

For more articles on Social Issues, do check out the articles written by fellow bloggers Anupam Patra and Nabanita Dhar.

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About Sheldon Coelho

I'm a student by day and a writer by night. I enjoy variety and it's reflected in my writing as well. If you want to have a good, simple read; look no further. Below you have two blogs like the two sides of a coin. The first is a view of life through my eyes. The second is a travel blog where you will see the wandering side of me through my various travels. The last blog which has been recently created is a Photoblog and it is here that I share some of the photos that I've captured over the years. Welcome to my world!

Posted on July 1, 2012, in Living it out and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. A few years ago even i was witness to such acts of parenting in a flat adjacent to me … just hope it doesn’t have any bad effects

  2. this actually is a complicated situation. if any legal action is taken against the parents, would there be anyone taking care of that kid? (i am not saying that his parents are taking care of him). his parents need counseling.

    you are doing a great job by at least writing about it. we will read these stories and act accordingly whenever we come across a mischievous kid.

    • Thanks Deb. Unfortunately, I doubt that there will be anybody who can take care of the kid since there are a lot of people who stay in the same house including elders as well and if they do not counsel the parents in these times, I’m not sure who will.

  3. That’s really bad. If the parents really believe they are doing something better than corporeal punishment, they are wrong. This is just as bad. I hope for the kid’s sake, someone speaks up and there’s a stop to this behaviour.

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