A father has gotten himself in trouble with the law for the manner in which he allegedly disciplined his seven year old son who he claimed displayed homosexual tendencies.
According to a report by The Star, the accused, who was charged with cruelty to a child, said that he witnessed his seven-year-old son in the street playing with a number of other children.
It is alleged that he accused accosted his son, scolding him that he is always in the street ‘with man’.
It is believed that man then ushered his son away from the roadside to their home where he sought to discipline him by stripping him of his clothes, allegedly using a wire to whip him repeatedly.
The court heard that after enduring a whipping, the seven-year-old fled from the house running breathlessly to a nearby police station in the nude. The father was subsequently arrested and charged.
However he maintained that his son exhibited homosexual tendencies as he played with other children of similar age. As a result, he sought to discipline his child as he says other parents were not taking the necessary action to prevent a reoccurrence.
“It is called experimentation. It’s a normal part of growing up where they play nurse and doctor,” remarked Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey. “What you need to do is talk to your child and explain to him what is appropriate behaviour. Beating them is not the answer. Teaching them is the answer. Now the way in which you beat him, that is what you are charged for,”
He has been ordered to return to court on September 9 for a mention hearing.