End Corporal Punishment

Yes, we agree on every front that children are future of society and backbone of culture who will help us to sustain in imminent harsh conditions of environment.

What will be imparted to them today is same what they will give to the whole society and community tomorrow. Even a little shoddy practise taught to them today can tomorrow create a human who will spoil the society all around. We need to take a better care while nurturing them.

Well we send our children to schools carrying overload of text books on their tender back just to meet etiquette. But we never give our ear to our blooming buds.

Many times they are being harassed by teachers and students as well in the school. In this advanced scientific age teachers use and invent more brutal kind of punishments to severley injure and torment the student who only do not follow the instructions. Moreover some teachers  have also invented a punishment where a student receive a slap from a girl of his same class which causes insult to a student and ultimately causes anguish and distress. Teachers some times go beyond the limits of corporal punishment and it primarily conflicts with the child’s human dignity and the right of the child to physical integrity. Many of the teachers several times even force a student to strip off before other class mates, which creates hate and unwillingness for the academic studies in the mind of children, and similarly teacher cannot achieve the purpose from these ways of nefarious punishments.

We too have huge number of teachers who have qualified the Bachelors Degree in Education more among them are also following these brutal kinds of corporal punishments despite they are taught to deliver positive punishments to a student in their degree. Students who have not done their home work accordingly or those who have not dressed in conformity to the standards of school shall be charged fine rather than assaulting a student physically which creates resentment in the mind of students. However in 2000 Government of India Banned corporal punishment but brutality with the students still goes on a large scale. The physical punishment starts from grabbing the ear of students and ends with the brutality. The teacher physically assaults the students under the vigilance of none. So teachers enjoy the freedom in their classes in delivering negative punishments to the students thus represents arbitrary behaviour of teachers in Class.

Besides the Government of India has strictly proposed some central government laws (Indian Penal Code) that prohibits a teache or headmaster to assault or punish physically a student.  Indian Penal Code and United Nations Human Rights openly advocates the end of corporal punishment in Schools. Teaching Staff shall be extremely careful in handling students behavior so that mental and physically injury to the student in avoided. Section 83 in The Indian Penal Code states that every child above seven and under twelve has immature understanding, nothing is an offence which is done by the same child. Similarly Section 23 in The  Juvenile Justice (Care And Protection Of Children) Act, 2000 boldly expresses that whoever is having actual charge of juvenile causes him to be assaulted in a manner likely to cause such juvenile or the child necessary mental or physical suffering shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or fine, or with both. 

Corporal Punishment is violence against children, and infringing of Indian Rules along with violation of rights of child. It also prevents children from reaching their full potential, by putting at risk their right to health, survival and development. By supporting caregivers/teachers in the use of non-violent child rearing practices; by promoting advocacy and social mobilisation to safeguard children's dignity and physical integrity; by reforming laws to introduce a clear ban of all forms of violence including corporal punishment, we can make a real difference in the life of children, all children, everywhere and at all times.  There is need to promote non-violent values and awareness among all those working with children is essential if we want this situation to come to an end. 

Mirza Sharafat Hussain Beigh


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