August 9, 2007
New Zealand Bans Corporal Punishment by Parents
A controversial law effectively banning parents from smacking their children has been passed by New Zealand's parliament. The legislation closes a legal loophole that allowed parents to use "reasonable force" to discipline their child. However, the new bill allows the police to use discretion over whether a parent should be prosecuted or not.
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