AN Outjo babysitter, caught on video allegedly mistreating the infant left in her charge, has reopened the debate in Namibia about the trustworthiness of nannies, while sparking added nationwide concerns about the behaviour of those we entrust of children to.
The recording allegedly shows the nanny throwing Laila Theron facedown into her cot, picking her up by her feet and carrying her, while swinging her by her ankles.
The nanny is also seen beating her and smothering her cries, which has justifiably frightened many parents.
While there are still many more questions around how this level of cruelty managed to crawl into Namibian society, a lot of shell-shocked parents are still wondering how they can ensure that nothing like this ever happens to their child.
Although the babysitter in question has been arrested on attempted murder, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and ill-treatment of a child charges, the psychological implications of her actions on our society will not go away overnight.
For any family, finding childcare for a baby can be an emotional, stressful time.
During this experience, it is likely that it is the first time that new parents will be handing over the care of their child to someone else; in many cases to a stranger.
It’s the ultimate level of trust, and when a nanny or caregiver violates that trust, by abusing a child, it creates insecurities within parents, who are working to fend for their families.
Those who abuse children should therefore face the full might of the law.
Castigation and derision should not only be reserved for child molesters and abusive nannies, but also for dubious daycare centres and sexual predator teachers, have managed to bring every parent’s worst nightmare to life.
It is justified that well over 15 000 individuals had voiced their outrage about this incident, by signing an online petition in support of the abused baby and her parents, by 14h30 on Wednesday.
This come amid calls for stricter regulation, since incidents of this nature have become a recurring feature of our society.
Watching the abuse of a helpless infant has served to unite the nation across colour and tribal lines, as all sector of society have expressed their outrage.
This is especially so during a time in society when mothers cannot afford to sit at home and allow their husbands to be the sole breadwinners of the family.
It is the ugliest of things for a society to ill-treat its most vulnerable, including children and the elderly.
Although the babysitter in question is innocent until proven guilty, we appeal to the courts to fast-track this case and mete out the kind of justice needed.
We would also be failing in our duty as a newspaper, if we did not mention the sterling work that many babysitters and nannies are doing across the Land of the Brave.
They should be commended, and not victimised, for their efforts to help raise our children.
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