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Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan condemn child abuse, share video with strong message

Cricketers Shikhar Dhawan and Robin Uthappa appealed for parents to be patient with their children after seeing a video of a little girl being slapped for making mistakes while studying.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: August 20, 2017 6:13:06 pm
shikhar dhawan, robin uthappa, child parent relationship, child parent education, child parent whatsapp video, cricket news, india news, indian express Shikhar Dhawan and Robin Uthappa asked for parents to be more patient with their children and their learning.

Shikhar Dhawan and Robin Uthappa have reacted strongly to a video doing the rounds on social media and on Whatsapp which shows a child trying to narrate the numbers and being beaten if making a mistake. Both cricketers have asked for parents to be patient with their children while maintaining that each child learns at his/her own pace.

India captain Virat Kohli also posted the video on his Instagram account and wrote, “The fact that the pain and anger of the child is ignored and ones own ego to make the child learn is so massive that compassion has totally gone out of the window. This is shocking and saddening to another dimension. A child can never learn if intimidated. This is hurtful.”

Dhawan wrote, “I request parents to be patient with ur kids at all times. Every child learns at his own pace. Pls refrain from beating/degrading them.” alongside the video. Uthappa tweeted, “This is heart wrenching. Children shouldn’t be raised this way. This needs to stop. I pray we can raise our kids with love instead of fear.”

Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh also questioned the way in imparting education. “Is that how you going to bring up your child ? Absolutely disgraceful and disturbing behaviour by this parent 😡 you need to give your child love and compassion to get the best out of them ! Unacceptable 😤” wrote Yuvraj while Kohli wrote, “The fact that the pain and anger of the child is ignored and ones own ego to make the child learn is so massive that compassion has totally gone out of the window. This is shocking and saddening to another dimension. A child can never learn if intimidated. This is hurtful.”.

The video shows a little girl repeating numbers 1 to 5 which are written on a notebook while making numerous revisions. The girl pleads to be given a break while claiming she is having a headache and in tears but the women in the video, possibly the parent, continues to get the child to repeat the counting. In the end, the child gets frustrated and tears up even further. The video has been going viral on Whatsapp and getting plenty of attention.

Shikhar has one son – Zoravar – who frequents his father on multiple tours. Meanwhile, Uthappa married his longtime girlfriend and former tennis player Sheethal Goutham in a private ceremony in March last year and they don’t have any kids.

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