Beating of School Children a Growing Problem


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Ganesh Kumar Radha Udayakumar| Jun 11, 2016, 01.25 PM IST

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NEW DELHI: South Sudan, and the Republic of Congo – which are ranked 1 and 5 on the UN’s Fragile States List – are on a list of 49 countries that have outlawed all corporal punishment.
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India, the land of non-violent Mohandas Gandhi, isn’t.

UNICEF says “two out of three school going children in India are physically abused” in India. Citing a 2007 report by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, UNICEF goes on to state that physical abuse is “rampant in every single district in the country”. Corporal punishment, in particular, “is deeply ingrained as a tool to discipline children and as a normal action”, in both private and public schools, UNICEF adds.
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In the year 2000, the Delhi High Court established a significant precedent by removing the provision for corporal punishment in the Delhi School Education Act, saying it has “no place” in the education system.
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Two years later, in 2002, the CBSE implored schools across the nation to “ensure that no child is subjected to any corporal punishment at any point of time in the schooling process”. The State Education Directorate sent a similar message to public schools that same year.
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Despite their entreaties, disturbing and often horrific incidents of children in school being brutally punished are continually being reported.
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An epidemic: recent reports
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Recent reports reveal that the nation’s schools appear to be struggling with what can only be described as an epidemic of child abuse. Here are four such instances from the last four months alone
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It was reported on Friday that a Class IV teacher in Viluppuram district in Tamil Nadu burned her students’ feet with camphor fire as a punishment because they hadn’t been attending class regularly, and their academic performance had been poor. The teacher was immediately suspended, and the students underwent treatment at a local hospital on Friday morning.

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Two students in a private school in Odisha’s Koraput district were brutally beaten last month by a principal and a teacher, for allegedly stealing a teacher’s cellphone. The assailants were arrested and taken to court after the father of one of the students filed a police complaint.

Top Comment

Hmm we shoikdnt follow western culture blindly… Wherever punishment required they should be pinoshed to have a healthy society

mishanth

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Also last month, nine girls studying in Class VII in a school in Haryana’s Jind district fainted after being asked to do a 1,000 sit-ups by a teacher, as punishment for not doing homework. An FIR was filed against the teacher, who claimed that that he had only asked them to do 10 sit-ups. The students were sent to hospital for treatment.

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And finally, in Ahmedabad, a teacher was suspended in May for having beaten students, and for having pulled a boy’s hair, and banged his head on the ground, drawing blood.

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