A mother in Changsha, China, allegedly locked her toddler son inside a cage for dogs so she could continue to play a game in peace.
Residents of Daweishan county in Liuyang told local news channel, Hunan Economic TV, the 35-year-old woman, identified as Jiang, put her 3-year-old son inside the cage to continue playing mahjong — a popular solitaire-style game.
One witness claimed the child had been “extremely noisy.”
While Jiang admitted placing her son in the cage “briefly,” she denied witness’ accounts that she had locked him inside. She claimed other children had shut the door.
Jiang also promised she would never put her son inside a cage again.
As shocking as the incident might come across to people outside of China, such harsh treatment of children at the hands of parents and/or guardians is not uncommon in the country, especially in rural areas, the Post noted.
For instance, in September, it emerged that the grandparents of an 8-year-old Chinese girl, from Louyang village in the Henan province, tied her to a tree for nearly six years because she suffered from mental illness.
There are not any official figures available on corporal punishment and other forms of child abuse by parents in China. But The New York Times, in March, cited a 2013 study of “child abuse and suicidal thoughts among adolescents in Shanghai,” in which the authors noted a China Law Society national survey of 3,543 people of which about “72 percent said that their parents had beaten them.” In the same study, another survey found nearly “60 percent” of elementary pupils in the city of Xi’an said they were “hit, deprived of food or verbally abused by their parents.”
“Chinese parents tend to use physical and emotional punishment to solve parent-child problems and conflicts, which may easily lead to child abuse,” the authors remarked. “The problem is linked to culture,” the Times quoted Xuesong He, a professor of social work and sociology, as saying. “Chinese culture is very tolerant of it, so there’s a lot of corporal punishment in families and schools.”
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