Slaughter? My foot!
Before I go on to and elucidate my thoughts I request those reading this post to look through that article on Hindu. To be honest my response was “What the fuck!” I admit I swear a lot but this was one instance which really left me wondering “has the world gone insane…”. There might be some who think I am mad but being an advocate and user of homeopathy medicine right from my childhood I was irritated with that article and the judgement. Here is what got me all worked up after reading that article:
- It is a parent’s choice to decide on what kind of treatment his/her kids receive. If they decide that homeopathy was the best way ahead to cure their daughter’s skin eczema whats wrong with it? It was their faith in the chosen method of treatment that resulted them in deciding on that path of cure for their daughter.
- I agree that they might have misjudged the seriousness of their daughter’s infection. But does it mean that they deliberately wanted the kid to die? As far as I can think of, no sane parent would wish for that. And whatever I read from the article gave me the impression that these parents are not insane.
- There are instances when there have been deaths after using other treatment methods too. For example say if a person has a heart attack and his kith and kin choose to take him to a doctor who recommends conventional medicine. But say if within a couple of weeks the person has a stronger heart attack. Does it mean that the doctor’s recommended medicine was wrong? In that case shouldn’t the doctor be bought in for questioning and arrested for man-slaughter? I bring this point because I have lost my near and dear in the not so distant past in spite of him receiving conventional medicine – allopathy. So which category does this fall under? Man-slaughter? Wrong judgement? Incompetency?
- There are tonnes of such similar cases through out the world. Accepting this as a precedent lets just wonder about the number of man slaughter cases pending.
I am not defending the parents for they can be questioned of being wrong in their judgement about their daughter’s infection. All I am saying is these things are totally subjective. One cannot set a binary rule over here wondering if the parent did treat his kid correctly or did he not. Not everyone will agree with a parent with what he wants for his son or daughter. At least during the initial formative years of a kids life. Will the judiciary around the world apprehend every parent if it does not agree with the parent’s decisions? That seems absurd to me which is what the above article is.