The death of Chu Tai-fuk, the 10-year-old boy who was locked up in a suitcase by his parents, has led to calls for the government to criminalise corporal punishment. Lobby group Against Child Abuse, along with Edward Chan Ko-ling, of the University of Hong Kong's department of social work and social administration and legislator Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung, say they want the Domestic Violence Ordinance amended to ban all corporal punishment, and will submit a proposal to the Chief Executive. Priscilla Lui Tsang Sun-kai, Against Child Abuse's director, said only serious abuse attracted charges at present. She said her organisation had the support of 30 allied groups and would continue to lobby more people to join their campaign for a total ban on corporal punishment. 'Our law is not clear,' said Dr Chan. 'If we have a law [banning corporal punishment] enacted in Hong Kong, it will send a clear message.' In a survey he conducted last year for the Social Welfare Department, 44 per cent of 5,049 parents admitted subjecting their children to corporal punishment. Most of those said they hit their children on the bottom with bare hands, a belt or a stick, slapped their arms or legs or pinched and shook them. Some admitted punching, kicking, burning or threatening them with a knife. 'We don't mean that anyone who hits their child's hand should be sent to jail. It depends on the courts to pass sentences. We just want more sentencing options, including mandatory counselling,' Dr Chan said. Mr Cheung said there should be 'zero tolerance' for corporal punishment. 'We want legislation to send a clear message to parents.' Secretary for Health and Welfare York Chow Yat-ngok said that, while there was no law against corporal punishment, anyone who harmed a child faced a maximum penalty of 10 years' jail under the Offences Against the Person Ordinance. But Corra Wong Mei-fung, of the Northern Districts Parents' and Teachers' Association, said: 'Will a smack on the hand be called child abuse in future? Chinese tradition has a saying that beating is a way to train good children. It is difficult not to have some kinds of corporal punishment.'