I've seen this happen several times and wondered about it too.
I think some parents are way too "strict", simple things like dragging their child along just cause they wanted a cheap candy or a toy and leaving them behind to cry and run across the road, is just sad to watch. Then, of course the ones you mentioned, whacking them in public, not only is it embrassing (if they're a little older) but it's wrong.
When you mentioned that alot of shoppers just looked at him and not say a word, and I'd be one of them, and here's why: You'd end up provoking him, like what happened, you confronted and he hit her right infront of you, that didn't stop him, which is why I'm afraid to do or say anything for the child's sake.
They'd just think, "look what you did, you embrassed me and made me angrier and hit them right then or away from your sight".
It's the same reason I don't say anything when I see pet owners mistreat their pets infront of me, so long as they don't kill it. . . I just wonder why have children or pet at all, if you're going to use them as punching bags. The law doesn't do much, sadly. . .
quidsin wrote:Yesterday, whilst shopping in Isetan Parkway Parade, I witnessed a Singaporean man push his 2yr old daughter over and then strike her across the face two times. This was in front of many other shoppers who just looked on 'gorking'. I screamed at him to stop and confronted him but he struck her again and then justified his actions by proclaiming that she had been a very, very naughty girl - A 2yr OLD !!!!
The young girl had visible marks on her face, which were no doubt the result of the three blows she took and everyone could see it. Yet no one else in the packed store would do anything stop him, which to me was just as shocking. The guy should have been restrained and held by security until the police arrived but was allowed to walk out of the store with the girl under his arms, crying her little heart out.
Is this sort of behaviour acceptable in Singapore? I know that it is common for parents to slap their children but this crossed the line both in terms of the age of the child involved and also the excessive force used by the parent. I don't what else to say except that I am still in shock from what I have seen and am absolutely disgusted.