Britain to Jail Parents Who Don't Love Their Children EnoughState decides how much love a child receives and scofflaws will be sent to prison
Apr. 01, 2014
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British government will determine what is an acceptable degree of love and affection. Photo: Dorothea Lange, the United States Library of Congress
Not loving a child to the degree mandated by a new standard established by the British state will result in a prison term for parents, according to The Telegraph.
Under a new "Cinderella Law," denying children love and affection will now be considered a crime similar to physical and sexual abuse. Parents convicted under the law face up to ten years in prison.
The law will allow the intervention of police and government if it is determined parents are deliberately ignoring a child, not showing a degree of love determined by the state, and damaging a child’s emotional development.
The British government will also determine what is appropriate punishment for children. Parents running afoul of the standard will be prosecuted.
"Our criminal law has never reflected the full range of emotional suffering experienced by children who are abused by their parents or carers. The sad truth is that, until now, the Wicked Stepmother would have got away scot-free," said Robert Buckland, a Conservative MP, part-time judge and activist for state intervention in child care.
"Emotional neglect must be outlawed, the term ‘willful' should be replaced and the criminal law should be brought into line with its civil counterpart," he said.
"The Government believes protecting children from harm is fundamental and that child cruelty is an abhorrent crime which should be punished," a Ministry of Justice spokesman said, according to The Telegraph.
"Every child should be able to grow up in a safe environment. We are considering ways the law can support this."