Ragaa Al-Giddawy Stands Against Child Abuse in an Interview with Amr Adib
By Reem Tolba
Egyptian TV host Amr Adib discussed a very important topic with renowned actress Ragaa Al-Giddawy on his talk show ‘Kol Youm,’ and we’re honestly at a lost for words.
Adib asked the famed screen starlet whether Egyptian parents should beat their children in order to teach them a lesson; Al-Giddawy seemed distraught as she was completely and utterly against the whole idea of physical violence and thought it was an old-fashioned backward way to raise children. Adib, on the other hand, seemed to think it was somehow necessary.
Percentages of child abuse in Egypt has been reportedly high, however, it would be inaccurate to associate this percentage with our case because most Egyptians do not even consider the casual beating up of children as child abuse — but merely a way to teach your kid a lesson.
Adib argued that a lot of kids who were beaten up by their parents grew up to be completely fine, but Al-Giddawy refuted, saying that they become stubborn because violence doesn’t challenge them to stop but it challenges them to challenge their parents, to know their parents’ limits.
Psychological scholars did report that child abuse do result in child alienation towards their parents, leading them to lose respect for them. Al-Giddawy thought that while punishment was necessary, violence wasn’t.
Parents believe that hitting their children, for the sake of protecting them, will teach them to distinguish right from wrong. However, what parents don’t see but has been approved by psychologists all around the world that children who were beaten up by their parents grow up to be self-destructive and are more likely to stay in an abusive relationship as they are brought to associate pain with love.