Capital Leads in Corporal Punishment of Students

Actions, traditionally considered part of bringing up a child or inculcating discipline in them, often fall in the category of corporal punishment.

Published: 27th January 2014 09:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th January 2014 09:58 AM   |  A+A-


Actions, traditionally considered part of bringing up a child or inculcating discipline in them, often fall in the category of corporal punishment. Despite the state government’s ban on corporal punishment in all schools and making it mandatory for them to follow the guidelines set under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, several incidents of child rights’ abuse, many of them severely, have come to light in the last few months.

Most surprisingly, the first month of the year has witnessed a whopping number of 583 cases of corporal punishment in Greater Hyderabad limits alone. A child rights NGO in the city, AP Balala Hakkula Sangham, which keeps track of incidents of violation of child rights, says that all these cases of corporal punishment had been brought to the notice of the city police and cases were registered. According to them, over 1,500 cases were registered in Greater Hyderabad limits in 2013.

While a major portion of these complaints of physical harassment and mental torture include roles played by tuition centres and physical education trainers, activists cry foul against the injustice meted out to children. While corporal punishment at schools pose a major threat, according to them, other forms of violence against children too are most prevalant. “Child Rights Commission in the State is long due. At an event of violation of child rights, we have to run to either Police, Child labour department, Juvenile Justice Board, Education Department, Women and Child Welfare, etc. CRC would be the one platform to address all issues,” says Achyuta Rao, the Sangham president.

Chiranjeevi Chaudary, commissioner, Women and Child Welfare, called for increased level of awareness. “Mindset of people have to change. A teacher has to preach and demonstrate to students first, instead of taking harsh actions for their mistakes,” he says.

In a bizarre incident, at St Peters School of Secunderabad, students were subjected to child labour and were asked to clean up the ground and school premises ahead of Sankranthi festival. A case was registered and the matter is before the Child Welfare Committee. In another incident, three children - Om Yadav (class 3), Vainayai Yadav (class 6) and Gowri Yadav (class 7) of Gowtham Model School, Himayat Nagar, were locked in a dark room in the school from 1 pm to 4 pm for not paying their fees. Upon inspection, the DEO issued a notice to the school and a police case was also registered.

However, Rao says, most brutal harassment takes place at tuition centres. “There are more than 25,000 tuition centres in Greater Hyderabad which have no legality according to law. Even after the High Court judgment ordering against running schools after 4.30 pm, these continue to force children to study after stipulated school hours. In one of the incidents in Ramanthapur a couple of weeks ago, a tuition teacher was booked for beating a student black and blue,” he said.


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