In an interview with Adnkronos International (AKI), Seto Mulyadi, chairman of the National Committee for Child Protection (KPAI), said that many parents misunderstand what Islam says about physical punishment.
“There is a saying in Islam which states, ‘At the end of a cane lies gold,’ which parents have taken as advice to discipline their children,” Mulyadi said.
“Many parents don’t reflect on the teachings. They think that if you want well-behaved children, then it is ok to cane them.”
"But Islam actually means that parents should be firm with the child’s education,” he added.
Mulyadi also explained that many parents view their children as possessions.
“Parents feel superior and think they can treat their children however they want, thinking it is for the sake of their future or education.”
According to a new report by KPAI, an estimated 72,000 Indonesian children were abused last year, either physically, sexually or mentally, and most of the violence was carried out by parents or relatives.
I know that the response will be the usual "Islam forbids...Islam condemns..." and disavow any connection between Islam and this phenomenon. And the child abuse by Christian priests will be pointed out. But that is only deflecting the debate.
Too many people are "misunderstanding" Islam and this has to be addressed openly and honestly if we are to stop it.
For example in Saudi Arabia Muslim Religious Police "misunderstood" Islam and chained the doors of a burning school shut in order to prevent the little girls from escaping the fire. They claimed the little girls were not properly dressed.
If the Saudi Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice misunderstands Islam, then who understands these things?
In Maldives we had the misunderstanders detonate a bomb in Male'. We have another misunderstander trying to murder the President in the name of Allah.
Do we want people to misunderstand Islam and abuse children? We are now happily aping the Arabs and so it may be that (TROUBLING VIDEO - BE WARNED) this becomes a common occurrence in Maldives.