Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Malaysian child hit over 1,000 times, Swedish court told

Last year, I read in the newspapers that a husband and wife 

(Secondary school teacher Shalwati and Azizul, who is a Tourism Malaysia officer based in Stockholm) 

were detained in Sweden for smacking their chidlren's hands for not praying

When the court case started in Sweden, the shocking truth came out.......

he was beaten by his mother over 1,000 times

 last year!

his mother had hit him with canes and a carpet cleaner! - 

carpet cleaner

other objects used for beating him: hanger, belt, ratan (rotan)

Malaysian child hit over 1,000 times, Swedish court told - See more at:

These are the various occasions when he was beaten - 
once when he was playing music loudly while doing his homework;
 another during an argument with his sister at a car ride to school; 
and another time while he was studying the Quran with his mother, Shalwati. 
The child also reportedly said that Shalwati frequently hit him whenever he watched YouTube videos instead of joining the family for dinner,
 or whenever he talked back to her 
or stomped his feet. 

One of the children was also reported by Astro Awani as saying tha

his father beat him over 100 times last year.

The child also accused Azizul of making him stand in a corner of the house for the whole day as punishment. 

he was hit so often by his mother that the 

beatings no longer hurt. 

He described two clear incidents where he was allegedly beaten by his mother and father.

The first incident was when he was listening to loud music while doing homework and his mother hit him with a hanger to punish him.

The second incident was when he and his sister had an argument in the car while their father was driving them to school. He said he was hit in the shoulder by Azizul after hitting his sister

Sweden, in 1979, was the first country in the world to outlaw corporal punishment.

The husband and wife were arrested on December 18th after police received a report that they had repeatedly hit their four children, aged nine to 14-years-old.  Malaysian newspaper The Star reported that the police report stems from an incident in which the Muslim couple struck their 12-year-old son on the hands for refusing to perform his prayers.
The boy told his teachers in Stockholm about the incident, which was then passed along to the school's counselors, who in turn notified police. It has been illegal in Sweden for parents physically punish their children since the late 1970s.
A day later, authorities arrested the parents and placed the children in foster care while their parents await trial, The Star reported.
the four children with their mum, a school teacher
the four kids following their own news in all the local papers
they are now back in Malaysia and have started school
(From left to right) Aisyah, Ammar, Arif, Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin and Adam poses for a photograph at KLIA this morning. Pix by Mohd Fadli Hamzah
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