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Voice_of_Europe Donating Member (262 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-10-03 10:04 AM
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9. Not all that important as it may seem..
Nobody says it's morally superior here in Switzerland or anything...

It was just some high profile case and the highest Swiss court made a deision.


The case involved a concerned father who lives apart from his ex-wife and child and a step-father namely the new friend/husband of the ex-wife.
The father complained that the step-father had no right to slap his child.
The step-father claimed his right of education.

Here in Switzerland it is broadly viewed as bad parenthood if you slap your child and we have very strict rules against child abuse. But the law is reasonable enough not to take away the children of a mother who gives the child one slap for bad behavior.

If you forbid your child to play with matches ten times and it still doesn't comply then one slap may be much healthier than terrible injury by a fire in your house...

This is not a black and white issue but a matter of reason...

The court now simply stated that in some situations a slap/smack (by hand not with any object) is ok...

But the step-father who often slapped the child and even kicked him was definitely stepping over the line of reason ... therefore the laws for child abuse come into play which makes you a criminal...


There is no new law or anything.... just an example court case.
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