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Ages gone but when will corporal punishment actually banned in India?

Every year, there are many children who are victims of corporal punishments, hundreds suffer and few grab attention. Children die with cruelty of parents, teachers or tuition masters. Beating a child to create deterrence is not accepted. The world is progressing so the studies, children are adopting to the modern life style and high-tech educational methods, then why cause cruelty to them?

Corporal punishment, an official punishment for misbehaviour by school students, involves striking the student a given number of times in a generally methodical and premeditated ceremony. Advocates of school corporal punishment argue that it provides an immediate response to indiscipline and that the student is quickly back in the classroom learning, rather than being suspended from school. Opponents believe that other disciplinary methods are equally or more effective. Some regard it as tantamount to violence or abuse. corporal punishment in public schools is governed by official regulations laid down by governments or local education authorities,defining such things as the implement to be used, the number of strokes that may be administered, which members of staff may carry it out, and whether parents must be informed or consulted. Depending on how narrowly the regulations are drawn and how rigorously enforced, this has the effect of making the punishment a structured ceremony that is legally defensible in a given jurisdiction and of inhibiting staff from lashing out on the spur of the moment.

If you remember the story which gone viral, A teacher from Andhra Pradesh who was caught on camera heartlessly beating three young visually challenged children. This video gone viral on socialnetwork, he gave explanation that he wanted to “discipline the students” and their parents had told him that he must put fear in the children so that they study and behave well. In a video that became public yesterday, the children can be seen screaming and begging to be spared as he delivered blow upon blow. The video was so scary and excruciating to see, god knows how those children took so much pain, and for what?

Earlier School corporal punishment was quite common practice, which was considered to be an official punishment for misbehavior by school students, involves striking the student a given number of times in a generally methodical and premeditated ceremony. The punishment is usually administered either across the buttocks or on the hands, with an implement specially kept for the purpose such as a rattan cane, wooden paddle, slipper, leather strap or wooden yardstick. Less commonly, it could also include spanking or smacking the student in a deliberate manner on a specific part of the body with the open hand, especially at the elementary school level. Most of the old school of thoughts even believes in the concept, “the more you cane, more disciplined one can be”. In the recent past many students got killed and damaged due to such types of punishments.

That’s the latest warning to teachers who resort to corporal punishment. The Ministry of Women and Child Development has issued a new set of guidelines that bans physical punishment of students. First violation of the ban will invite up to one year in jail, or a fine of Rs. 50,000 or both. For subsequent violations, imprisonment could be extending to 3 years with an additional fine of 25,000 rupees.  Heads of schools will be responsible to prevent corporal punishment.  Teachers found guilty could be denied promotion, and even increments.  A child rights cell was supposed to be set up in all schools where children can lodge a complaint. Apart from this, the government then Congress, was also suppose working on the final draft of the Prevention of Child Offences Bill where even parents, relatives and neighbors can be punished for hitting children. The draft bill was expected include not just physical or sexual abuse, but also verbal abuse, molestation and ragging, but so far nothing has done and that government changed. Let it be any government BJP or Congress, these crucial problems were never addressed.

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