Tuesday, February 9, 2010
In child welfare matters, every family law system must carefully
balance between excessively intervening given parental rights, and not
intervening enough to protect children’s interests. This dilemma has most recently arisen in the
RIO DE JANEIRO -- She is the Shirley Temple of samba, a 7-year-old named to a coveted Carnival role normally reserved for barely clad models who have undergone more plastic surgeries than little Julia Lira has seen birthdays. Naming the girl drum corps queen for the Viradouro samba group is raising eyebrows even in a city that has seen everything during the annual mega-party that begins next week.
A judge is considering blocking
Julia's participation. A state agency that defends children's rights says she's
too young to take on a traditionally sexy role. But the girl's father, who
happens to be the president of the Viradouro group, says Julia is a natural who
can easily samba through the 80-minute parade route in Rio's sweltering summer heat.
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