Caning more than 'six strokes on bottom'

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 April, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 10 April, 1994, 12:00am

IN THE article on the caning sentence imposed by a Singaporean court on an American boy (Sunday Morning Post, April 3), it seems some commentators confuse the punishment threatened with a mild spanking. ''Six strokes on the bare bottom'' is hardly a fair description of this vicious procedure.

While a parent may spank a child for wrongdoing, any parent whose punishment caused it to be permanently scarred would be prosecuted. The sadistic nature of this punishment would not be out of place in medieval times or in a concentration camp.

Singapore has no right to call itself a civilised country if it continues such practices. NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED