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My objection to VIOLENCE against children on any pretext

My FB comment here:

Much as I agree with Frank Furedi on most things, on this issue everyone must go back to the basic principle of non-violence towards others.
There is no freedom – no one has it – to cut and slice other people. Or to marry children.
Therefore the barbaric Hindu practice of widow burning (sati) and child marriage was **rightly** prohibited by the British rulers of India (guided as they were by JS Mill – who was a bit more paternalistic, overall, though, than one can accept).
The child marriage ban now shows a lot of people (including Mohammed and Gandhi’s parents) in very poor light. Something accepted for thousands of years is not necessarily right.
Likewise I support banning the mutilation of children on any religious (or “health”) pretext. By all means baptise them with a few drops of water, if that’s your religious belief. But NO CUTTING WITH A KNIFE!!!
The liberal always draws a line on liberty (any liberty, including religious) where it starts **physically** harming someone else.


Female genital mutilation, circumcision, child marriage, sati

Sanjeev Sabhlok

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5 thoughts on “My objection to VIOLENCE against children on any pretext
  1. Raj

    Hear, hear, hear!

    A brave soul has spoken thus, brave words. What a pleasure it is to hear such Truths that go to the very root of the purpose of life itself. And what we ought to, and cannot do when we’re here.

    I shall soon try to make a blogpost regarding a religious Reformation in India — and how it will be the BEST thing one can do to have Liberty take root in India. Will forwards it ta ya then Sanjeev. :)

    It has been lingering in mind for the last 3-4 days, and I’m increasing convinced, the road to Liberty — is a Reformation. The hundreds of millions would need to be awaken, through breaking free the bondage, slavery and chains of religious self-slavery — first and foremost.

    When a barely literate poor peasant, can let go of the stones he cannot stand up to — Reason will come, and so shall Liberty!

  2. Dr. Pawan Kumar Aryan

    Rampant abuse of the children going on in India, under the guise of religion.

    In the Gurukuls, run by the Arya Samaj, now controlled by the RSS, two tear education is going on:

    1. DAVs or Like Chaman Vatika in Ambala, Gurukul Kurukshetra etc. conceived in response to the Convent Schools, scaring children minds with FALSE hood, however keeping curriculum MODERN, but these are beyond the reach of a common citizen;

    2. The “Vedic Gurukuls,” where Sanskrit is Divine hence it is taught vigorously, children are not allowed to learn Maths, Science, the English is strictly prohibited…

    It is going on in the name of Education.

    Keeping children mind in dark amounts into “MUTILATION,” it is worst than the physical violence.

    Such types of HORROR are widely practiced in India, across several religions, say, Budhs, Jains, Islam, Sikhs and newly mushroomed Shree-Shrees, Sais, Aanadmurthys and Babas Ashrams are also manufacturing such volatile fodders by tuning young minds as per their designs.

    Circumcision is going on UNCHECKED since ages.

    Such practices need be curbed with full force.

    These would not come to halt at its own.

    Let the Liberty of the Children be imminent.

  3. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Couldn’t agree more. However, this would involve educating parents, and not compulsion by government – which would make things worse.

  4. Dr. Pawan Kumar Aryan

    Ban and prohibitions are the legitimate tools of Governance.

    Gullible, unemployed, semi-employed and illiterate parents rear HUGE number of children.

    As a child is a human resource, hence proper documentation is required by the State.

    And Govt must intervene in case of violence and scaring the mental faculty of a child under the guise of a religion.

  5. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    “Ban and prohibitions are the legitimate tools of Governance.”

    No, government is the servant of the people and unless there is actual violence imposed on someone else, a government has no role in anyone’s life. Never should the servant become the master.


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