Scotland has become the first part of the United Kingdom to outlaw the physical punishment of children under 16.
The new law is designed to give children the same protection from assaults as adults.
Men Do Complain will continue to campaign for children to be protected from non-therapeutic circumcision. It is a practice that looks increasingly inappropriate in the light of this new law.
The full story on the BBC News gives us this quote from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
“This law sets out in clear terms that physical punishment should no longer be part of childhood in Scotland and it marks a momentous step in making it a country where children’s rights are truly recognised, respected and fulfilled.”
We would point to the major elements of our society’s codes of conduct that should protect children from non-therapeutic circumcision.
The Human Right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion which is a qualified right in that one individual cannot override another’s rights; even if that other is a child.
The criminal law protects us from physical abuse even a slap is considered as an assault.
Medical ethics should also protect children from non-therapeutic circumcision. All the elegant dancing on the head of a pin by the medical authorities to allow parents to wound their children beggars belief see this excellent talk by Dr Antony Lempert.
For too long people have been obliged to keep silent about male genital cutting because of the attitude of society. This series of podcasts aims to break that silence.
We would like to hear from men, women, mothers, fathers and anyone concerned with the rights of children regarding non-therapeutic genital modification. Ideally you will be based in the U.K. so that we can record you directly in front of a microphone. To take part contact M.D.C. using our contact form or write to – email@example.com
The story below appeared in The Times 9th June 2018.
A son threatened to slit his mother’s throat because she had him circumcised when he was five, a court was told. H******** had been left traumatised and wanted to know why his parents had agreed to the procedure.
H********, 30, bombarded his mother with more than 100 emails and voicemails between Christmas Day last year and January 5, Kwok Wan, for the prosecution, told Leicester magistrates. In one he said: “I will slit your throats where you stand. Happy new year.”
Mr Wan added that H******** went to his mother’s house on New Year’s Eve and threw paint over the front of the house and on the path.
Kim Lee, for the defence, said that only a handful of the messages had been threatening and were “a cry for help”. He added: “He suffers from body dysmorphia and has other mental health issues. There was no intent to cause harm to his parents.”
H********, of Loughborough, was found guilty of aggravated harassment, which he had denied. He admitted criminal damage. He was given an eight-week prison sentence suspended for a year and ordered to attend 20 rehabilitation days.
We made this silent video, below, as a call to action. Please play it and if you have the stomach for it you can find a version of the video with the sound of a real baby having his foreskin excised here, it is a sound that should ring alarm bells inside any compassionate human being.