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Parents ‘aggressively’ hit daughter at void deck, sparks concern from witnesses

To spare the rod and spoil the child?

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Singapore – After allegedly seeing two parents hitting their daughter in public, a passerby approached them to tell them their behaviour was not acceptable.

“Every parent has their own ways to teach their children, but I can never tolerate parents hitting their kids in public,” wrote Facebook user Jackie Tan on Friday (Sept 3).

Mr Tan shared that he approached the parents after seeing their actions and asked them to stop.

However, they allegedly proudly shouted at him that she was their daughter.

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“You aggressively hit her in front of us (then) dragged her away,” wrote Mr Tan, addressing the parents in question.

“My poor kids saw everything and whispered to my wife, ‘Will papa do this to me next time?” he added.

Mr Tan reassured his daughter that it would never happen.

He attached photos of a couple and a child in a teal shirt in a Housing and Development Board void deck.

Photo: FB screengrab/Jackie Tan

The man could be seen grabbing the child by the arm while the woman was holding onto the child’s ears.

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Photo: FB screengrab/Jackie Tan

With over 220 comments, members from the online community urged Mr Tan to report the incident to the police.

“Note down the location with your photos as evidence. Report to the police. Abuses regardless of any age group, gender, races, and religions should stop,” said Facebook user Fu Yonghuang.

Facebook user Angel Marie Magdoza attached a screenshot from the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) on the protection of children.

“Children need a safe and nurturing environment for their growth and development. As far as possible, children should stay with their families. However, when the family environment becomes unsafe for a child, the child may need to be placed in an alternative environment for his or her safety and well-being,” said MSF.

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Mr Maddoza applauded Mr Tan’s efforts in trying to intervene and hoped that authorities would investigate the incident./TISG

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