PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Mickey Meji
 
Comments: 13
Article views: 302
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Mickey Meji's badges.
 

Does custom, religion and tradition make crime right?

06 June 2014, 12:32

Cases of child abuse and murder continue to plague the country as Child Protection Week kicked off. Noticeably though among the cases that are recorded and spoken about nothing is ever said or written about traditions that cause permanent harm and are highly abusive of children's rights.

I was shocked a couple weeks ago to learn that the traditional practice ukuthwala (the custom where a girl is abducted and forced to stay with a man in the name of marriage) is still taking place in the Eastern Cape, but what I found to be more outrageous was the fact that this has become a social-norm and people in this society where this happens see nothing wrong with this tradition as “it is good for the girl” more like an achievement. A young woman  I spoke to who was arrested for being an aclomplice felt that she did nothing wrong actually she felt that the girl and her aunt who assisted in laying charges werewasting an oppoturnity  Really how is this any good to the girls? They get abducted and then forced to have sex and this is happening to girls as young as 14yrs.

Girls married at a young age often have mental anguish, suffer health problems due to early pregnancies, are at high risk 0of contracting HIVand other transmitted infections and are less likely to get an education.  Most of them come from poorly educated families, child headed homes and rural areas where girls cannot oppose the cultural norms of the family and community.

“The Charter on the Rights of the Child, for example, has clear provisions on harmful practices against the child.  It’s clear the provisions of the charter, that cultural or religious or whatever should not be an excuse and the state must take measures to curb this. People use all sorts of excuses to perpetuate what they are doing but it’s not an excuse as far as child abuse is concerned. Should we just turn a blind eye while our girl’s futures are destroyed because it’s custom? Does a crime seize to be such because custom, religion and tradition permits it? I say NO! 

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
13 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
CatCrazy
You Bloody Animal Hating Bastard!

Two nights ago, my sweet, gentle, caring cat, Elli, got shot by a high powered rifle. She is 3 years old. This is a cat, who just wants to love and be loved. Read more...

5 comments 188 views
Submitted by
Craig Pedersen
What Eskom is costing my business

Every day that I cannot trade, costs ME directly R10k. Read more...

11 comments 471 views
Submitted by
Antony Seeff
WhatsApp VOIP

WhatsApp voice calling – game changer or fringe feature? Read more...

3 comments 293 views
Submitted by
Gert James
Shedding a tear over Loadshedding

Stop treating me and millions of other citizens like we are in inconvenience. We do NOT live in a third world country and the time has come for you to eradicate third world thinking. Read more...

26 comments 2177 views
Submitted by
Thulane Che Trosky
Looking to Zuma to put a spring i...

According to the SABC, President Jacob Zuma says the government needs prayers for good leadership and peace. No: we just need good leadership. Many are praying, but it is just not working. Read more...

3 comments 230 views
Submitted by
Debby Timm
Eskom public relations

I know this is getting old, and is probably one of the biggest irritations in our lives, however I would like to make some observations. Read more...

12 comments 1904 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.