What is something that was widely accepted when you were a child that is banned today?

Spanking kids to discipline them. By parents and teachers alike.

You get slapped/hit/spanked by the teacher and come home crying and tell your parents, chances are that after listening to why you got punished, they might have a go at you too… for shaming their good name. Today this is seen as ‘child abuse’.

Parents deciding what courses to make their kids study. Maybe from before they were even born. Like Jay Shetty famously said, ‘You could be a doctor or an engineer or a failure.’ Because failure to fall into any of the ‘accepted categories’ would imply that they had given birth to an idiot.

This isn’t strictly banned today but is widely looked down upon.

Driving without seatbelts. This was seen as a fancy gesture done in the West and anybody doing it while driving in India was sniggered at.

Today, driving without seatbelts is liable to incur a heavy fine.

Entire families commuting on scooters. A scooter was seen as a family vehicle and nobody had any qualms about overloading it with their entire brood.

In fact, even ads of those days advocated this…

This is still visible in the rural areas of India, but if anybody does this in the urban areas and if they spotted by the police, they will be punished.

What is something that was widely accepted when you were a child that is banned today?

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