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Spanking your kids could land you in jail

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Last updated on: June 25, 2007 14:29 IST

Do you believe that sparing the rod will spoil your child? Here's news -- if you're found guilty of enforcing physical discipline, the courts may not spare you!

A juvenile justice court recently took a Mumbai couple to task for the alleged cruel treatment of their three-and-a-half-year-old toddler. The Union ministry of women and child development is now planning on outlawing such rough treatment, with a view towards preventing physical, sexual and gender-biased crimes of every kind.

Offenders will have to pay fines upwards of Rs 3000, and repeated misdemeanours may result in a jail sentence of upto seven years.

In light of these recent developments, we'rer asking you -- do you think it's necessary to enforce discipline on kids using physical force?

Where are parents supposed to draw the line?

Do you think such measures are required in India, or do you think the law is overreacting to what are mostly isolated incidents of abusing one's own child?

We invite readers to share their experiences, opinions, and advice with us.

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