As I have been fairly harsh on our viral brethren (they are actually more that our brothers, as a lot of human DNA comes from them), as a reciprocal act of kindness, they have appointed one of their HxNy member to give me company so that I can appreciate their infinite charm and learn to be respectful to their clan in future.

With in a day of arrival inside my body, it has completely disrupted my energy production process to ensure that I have no choice but enjoy its company by remaining cooped up in my bed.

Just so that it doesn’t get any fancy ideas, I have been trying to ignore it by staring at a TV screen that is constantly playing a strange scene. It is playing a video on endless repeat loop of a kind gentleman whipping little girls while they stand shivering in front of him.

As he is asked by the reporter about it, he feels that it is an absolutely correct thing to do, and why? Because parents are there while he whips minor  girls.

As the story unfolds, I see a bunch of parents rising to his cause proclaiming that whipping little girls is absolutely the in thing this season as it helps them win swimming medals.

I won’t be too judgmental here, because now the kind man appears to have told the police that he has just invented heather-to unknown swimming stroke and a non-existing (but visible by some miracle that he only can perform) rope, and it is just an illusion that everyone other than him can see him whipping the girls.

So, let us hope that he indeed has invented a new swimming stroke that will yield us medals. And move to the idea of being a child in this country.

The parents of a prominent club of my city where this drama has taken place may not agree, but child in a civilised society is an little adult with all the human rights that an adult enjoys, with only one difference, i.e. it is incapable of protecting its own rights and hence it has guardians to do it for it.

The episode raging across TV screens is actually not a novelty, as child abuse is far too common in India, but what is really sad to see is the behaviour of the parents, who are actually expected to play the role of protecting human rights of the minor living under their guardianship instead of stand by and watch their wards whipped.

The parents in pursuit of glory of “national medals” at any cost including having little girls whipped need to grasp that the civilised world has moved on. Parental dreams and desires are not expected to be fulfilled by the children of future. Kids across the world now live with a far wider range of rights, and corporal punishment is surely not what a civilised society accepts.

The real problem with India is lack of evolution of laws to protect human rights of children. Even though we hold world’s largest children population, we are still confused about parent-child relationship in terms of violence.

At this point Indian parents are still firmly believing in our archaic cultural traditions where training was best delivered through a stick. Worse is that Indian parents strongly feel that they knows what is right for the child, and are not ashamed to use violence to force it upon kids.

What they are failing to realise is that the brave new world their children will venture into is completely unlike what they can imagine. Winning swimming medals may be end Earth for parents of today, but a child of future may not find it worth the whipping.

If you are a parent, please realise that a whipped child may not say it today, but deep within she may carry a trauma that will make her hate you forever.

I am happy to admit that I have managed surviving till now with minimum effort as all my intellect has be used to avoid doing anything meaningful. As I needed to while all the free time I generated in course of being lazy, science has been my favorite muse that I have enjoyed company of. As an effort to kill time (in a way, to get even with it) one fine day I decided to write a science column, more for my personal amusement than to attract readers. After getting educated about the attention span of modern readers from my editor, it became more like a challenge to tackle esoteric subjects in 600 words that I have managed to remain interested in for more than a year now. I do not want to add my worldly profile here as these are ideas that need to be considered only on the merits they carry and not as an opinion of a certain human being.

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