Charlie - posted on 03/30/2011 ( 48 moms have responded )
This debate shares something with Corporal Punishment (for Children), namely whether the infliction of physical pain can ever be justifiable. Countries (such as Nigeria, Malaysia, Brunei, Saudi Arabia or Singapore) have retained flogging or whipping as a punishment long after other countries have declared it a violation of human rights; in more severe examples, fundamentalist Islamic countries have seen dismemberment used as a sentence. On the other hand, in many countries where such beatings is outlawed (e.g. the UK or Australia), a perceived lack of success in crime reduction has resulted in a significant support for its reintroduction.
Criminals must be punished, and any form of punishment recognises the fact that on committing criminal acts they surrender some of their rights as humans. Why, logically, is corporal punishment any more of an infringement of these rights than prison?
Most of you know I am against corporal punsihment but do you think there is a difference between adult and child ?