Few days back, a very disturbing video of an approximately three-year-old kid being taught maths at home got viral on WhatsApp.
The tutor, whose face cannot be seen, appears to be a family member and she's teaching the child to recognise numbers from one to five.
Tears streaming down her face, the little girl is seen begging with her tutor to spare her, show a bit of leniency, "teach with a bit of love".
At one point, frustration takes over, she says her head is aching. Put under more pressure, she's angry, and continues to sob as she repeats the numbers through clenched teeth.
The video ends with her getting slapped across the face.
In many countries, if a video surfaced of parents treating their children with such cruelty, it would be treated as a serious case of child abuse and she would possibly be removed from the parents' custody.
Abusing and hitting children is a crime in many parts of the world and corporal punishment in schools is banned in India too. But it's still an accepted way of disciplining children within homes.
Many middle class Indian parents believe education is the key that opens the door to a better life and put tremendous importance on education of their children.
Middle class Indian parents put a lot of emphasis on their children's education at the same time, many believe teaching should be a joyous affair
In India, where WhatsApp has 200 million monthly active users, the video of the three-year-old spread within hours and soon went viral on social media sites. Watching a kid being treated so badly made many people angry.
Virat Kohli, the captain of India's cricket team, and several of his team-mates were among those who took to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to express their outrage.
"The fact that the pain and anger of the child is ignored and one's own ego to make the child learn is so massive that compassion has totally gone out of the window. This is shocking and saddening to another dimension. A child can never learn if intimidated. This is hurtful," Kohli posted on Instagram.
For several days, the identity of the little girl remained a mystery, but on Wednesday, it was reported that she was Bollywood singer-composer Toshi Sabri's niece.
In an interview, Sabri said the video was made for their family's WhatsApp group and defended the family's treatment of the child.
"Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan don't know about us. We know about our child better," he said. "Her nature is such that after being scolded, the next minute she runs off to play. But, because of her nature if we don't push her, she won't study."
Experts, comment this as "abusive behaviour" and it can result in the child developing a mistrust of people because those who are supposed to be loving her are mistreating her. It can either make her too cautious or too impulsive in forming relationships later in life. She can also start developing self-harm behaviour.
Also, focusing on a child's limitations are not going to help her learn anything.
This is likely to be very damaging. The child is crying for help. She needs immediate help. And so do her parents.