Belarus president: Belting a 'useful' way to punish children
MINSK, Belarus – The authoritarian president of Belarus has rejected a potential legislation in opposition to home violence as Western “nonsense,” announcing that bodily punishment might be “helpful” in elevating youngsters.
President Alexander Lukashenko mentioned a draft invoice criminalizing home violence wishes extra paintings. He advised reporters Friday that he’s in my opinion in opposition to the bodily punishment of kids, however added “excellent belting may once in a while be helpful for a child.”
“It is simply nonsense taken from the West,” he mentioned. “We can continue completely from our personal pursuits, our Belarusian Slavic traditions, and our existence revel in.”
The president cited his personal revel in, announcing he often punished his oldest son and that served as a excellent lesson for his more youthful son.
Lukashenko has dominated Belarus with an iron hand for 24 years, keeping up inflexible Soviet-style controls over the financial system and appearing little tolerance for dissent or impartial media.
The Belarusian chief has regularly lashed out in opposition to the West, particularly for its approval of same-sex marriages. He mentioned Friday that “they are going to quickly haven’t any households left, with males marrying different males.”
The present Belarusian legislation does not comprise explicit laws in opposition to home violence. Lukashenko didn’t point out violence in opposition to ladies in his remarks, however the invoice covers all kinds of home violence.
The potential invoice used to be drafted by way of the Inner Ministry and Lukashenko’s personal management, however Lukashenko mentioned different organizations must have a say in growing the legislation.
The Orthodox Church has criticized the home violence invoice. Pavel, the Metropolitan of Minsk, has mentioned that “oldsters should not be disadvantaged of the precise to lift their youngsters.”
The Catholic Church in Belarus additionally has spoken in opposition to the file, with Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, the archbishop of Minsk, urging Lukashenko in an open letter to “be guided by way of nationwide pursuits and religious values of the Belarusian other people and to not practice disastrous secularist developments and gender ideology resulting in the destruction of conventional circle of relatives.”