Congratulations to the West African nation of Benin, the newest country to protect their children under the law, in January 2015. Andorra also banned the smack, in December 2014.
The countdown: 48 nations have banned, 47 more have committed to the process. At the current rate of change, assuming there will be no acceleration, we can expect a global de-legitimization of violence against children, in the next 20 years or so.
What if we defined ‘developed’ nations not in terms of industrialization, but in terms of civilized treatment of children? That would mean we have 95 developed nations, 105 under-developed nations. In which category is your country?