It is illegal in NSW Aust to spank your children, and there was a sister that was reported for spanking a child in a supermarket. The conversation in the congregation was how terrible the world was because it does not follow the advice of Proverbs that (Proverbs 13:24) . . .The one holding back his rod is hating his son, but the one loving him is he that does look for him with discipline. . . It was also said that Australia did not deserve to call itself Christian if it made using the rod illegal.
I remember on one occassion in Hobart congregation the Watchtower conductor stepped off the stage and beat his daughter for fidgetting in front of everyone - she was the same age as me and so I was quite terrified by it. It was not a great surprise that this girl developed anorexia, and I am quite surprised that she is still a JW.