JFJ supports complete ban on corporal punishment, but calls for public education and re-socialisation

Advocacy group, Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) says it supports a complete ban on corporal punishment, but for this to be achieved, there must be public education and re-socialisation.

The comment follows an indication from Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck, that the government is seeking to introduce laws to prevent corporal punishment in homes.

Speaking with IRIE FM News, JFJ, Executive Director Mickel Jackson said the group is not opposed to this, as many parents confuse discipline with abuse.

She said Jamaica must get to a stage where children are not seen as property.

Meanwhile, some Jamaicans are not in support of any future plan by the government to ban corporal punishment or beating of a child in the home.

One resident cited biblical references indicating why beating a child should be allowed.

IRIE FM News spoke with some residents in Ocho Rios, St. Ann today.

Another resident stated that children should not be beaten.


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