Alyaksandr Lukashenka has blasted the draft law on combating domestic violence. According to him, it is nothing but ‘nonsense swiped from the West’.
“Someone invented this ‘combating domestic violence’. Now it is a very popular wording in the West. Soon there will be no families there: a man marries a man! Who will give birth to kids? Should we really borrow any norms of family behavior from them?” he said.
Lukashenka admitted that he did not support the idea of punishing children. But sometimes, in his opinion, it is hard to avoid.
“We should see how the wind is blowing. Sometimes belting is useful for a child. Not for every child, of course. I often beat my eldest son Viktar with a belt; his younger brother Dzima saw it and behaved. But I have never punished my youngest son who is nearly 15 – there has been no reason,” the Belarusian leader said.
“We have our own traditions, we live our lives, and we will bring up our children as it should be,” he stressed.
As reported earlier, the Interior Ministry receives about 120,000 domestic violence reports per year.
Viktar Lukashenka is 42 years old. He is currently a member of the Security Council and national security aide to the president.