Corporal punishment - state sanctioned physical punishment - has been banned in 58 countries worldwide. However, some argue these bans deter violent crime. Should corporal punishment be allowed? Can it be an effective disciplinary tool? Or is it linked to skyrocketing crime rates?
No, it shouldn't
Corporal punishment legitimises violence and causes long term psychological damage. It has no place in modern society.
Corporal punishment legitimises violence
When an authority figure is allowed to administer violence, it normalises and legitimises violence.
Corporal violence is never administered evenhandedly
A punishment must be immune from societal influences and be administered evenhandedly.
Corporal punishment is at odds with societal roles
Authority figures, including the government, teachers, and parents, are supposed to offer protection from physical harm. Corporal punishment is at odds with these societal roles and responsibilities.
Corporal punishment offers no restitution
Part of the punitive process is to offer restitution to victims. This stage is absent in methods of corporal punishment.