Parent’s Infidelity and Future of Offspring

Globalisation and revolution in information technology are twin factors of different changes in society in India. Beside the changes in our daily life, it graphs changes in our behavior and habits. Everywhere there is change which was not earlier. We know that parents typically serve as role models for their children. But parents are no safer for their offspring. Parent’s infidelity is the cause of mental agony to their children.  It may be explained that ‘as permissive as society has become, most children are badly hurt by a parent’s infidelity because, like the betrayed parent, they feel betrayed’. ‘The experience of loss is universal….yet, loss of trust through betrayal, particularly betrayal produced by sexual infidelity can be a particularly poignant loss’.

Now days, we see almost every day that children are victims of parent’s infidelity badly. Even rate of children’s murder by parent(s) increases.

 ‘Regardless of their age, children whose parents have been unfaithful often react with intense feelings of anger, anxiety, guilt, shame, sadness, and confusion. They may act out, regress, or withdraw. They may feel pressured to win back the love of the unfaithful parent or to become the caretaker of the betrayed parent.’

However, it is a vital issue so far as future of children is concerned. In our society, infidelity increases radically among both parents due to several reasons like broken family and family network of the relationship, spousal conflict due to misunderstanding and maladjustment due to passing of quality time with each other, loneliness and growing demand of wants and so forth. The easy interaction directly or indirectly via social media is an important factor contribution for infidelity.   The emotional involvement is pushing so badly that they do not want to think of the future of their infidelity. They become cruel instead of loving and affectionate. They forget their role and responsibility towards their children.

It is a symbol of danger for the future because parents are desperately leaving their duty and responsibility towards their offspring. They are busy to meet their own greed and want. Although these types of cases are small,  but it should not be ignored. It is true that the future of children is seriously in danger.

We see that one category of parents are busy to protect their interest of children through care and attention, second category of parents are crying for their inability to be experienced with parenthood (infertile parents) and  third category is involved to damage the future of their children for their own need and demand.

Why the innocent would be faced agony for selfishness of their parents? Why they would be neglected, abandoned and murdered for their parental infidelity? Who would take to care and protect them? When their parents leave and torture? Would the state responsibility for their protection would be enough?

Our moral degradation and emptiness are the prime factors for our changing behavior and attitude.

The views and opinions expressed by the writer are personal and do not necessarily reflect the official position of VOM.
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