In our society, it has been a tradition and a social norm to hit your child with or without a cane as it is a normal domestic discipline approach. There are even instances of using belts. After looking in further, this doesn't just happen in developing Asian countries. Most younger generation in western countries also experience this kind of childhood.
However, to what extend can it be considered child abuse? What are the signs of child abuse? That was the debate all over. Is it just a discipline method, or is it abusing your children?
A lot of these kids had said it's not abuse, because they get it. It trained them to be more well-behaved. But we're not just talking about caning your child. Physical abuse comes in many forms, such as, hitting, sexually assaulting, whipping, starving, and other forms of causing injury to the child. When such physical injury becomes unnecessary, excessive and damaging to health and psychology, it can be said to show signs of child abuse.
Across the whole world, child abuse happens for different convictions. Let's look internally. In this community, some parents beat the children just for showing naughty traits. (Isn't that what kids are suppose to show in nature?). In China perhaps, discipline goes to the extreme. What other way to get the children to be obedient than a negative reinforcement? It's still sad and atrocious that in Middle Eastern countries, young boys and girls are legally subjected to sexual abuse. Domestic physical and mental abuse is not surprising in Western countries by irresponsible and reckless parents. It's reported one billion children live in countries where it is legal to beat pupils.
Do we not give human rights to children? According to United Nations, of course we did! But that does not stop the legal control of parents, a countries' constitutions and community traditions around the world leaving millions of children experiencing some shape of abuse.
One step I'd like to see start from this society is to uncover the stigma around child abuse. Instead of turning our heads and deeming "that's just what parents/teachers/companies do", we have to treat this as a serious issue to be solved.