Wednesday, 10 June 2015


Police and social workers should make allowances for immigrants who slap or hit their children when investigating allegations of physical abuse, a high court judge has said. 
Justice Pauffley – who sits in the family division of the high court – said that within “many communities newly arrived” in the UK children were slapped for misbehaviour in a way which “at first excites the interest of child protection professionals”. 
But she said proper allowance had to be made for “what is, almost certainly a different cultural context”. 
Pauffley made her comments when ruling on a case in which an Indian man was alleged to have beaten his wife and seven-year-old son.
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The boy’s parents met and married in India a decade ago, travelling to England on a six-month visa. They decided not to return when the visas ran out and became “overstayers”, the court heard.
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