The South African court on Wednesday said that it is unlawful for parents of any age to beat a child whether by a mild president or any type. The court gave an instance of how a father was arrested for assaulting his 13-year-old son for watching a pornographic film.

A religious freedom group had challenged that case, saying while it does not promote abuse, parents should have the right to raise their children according to their religious beliefs.

However, the nine constitutional judges unanimously ruled that spanking should be banned.

“The vulnerability of children, their rights to dignity and to have the paramountcy of their best interests upheld, as well as the availability of less restrictive means to achieve discipline, render moderate and reasonable chastisement unconstitutional,” they ruled.

The court banned corporal punishment in prison in 1995 and in schools in 2000.

By Joshua Olagundoye

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