By DN Singh
Barely a few hours have passed when in Rajasthan a young student dies after being beaten up by the teacher. The issue shocked everyone in the state and the state’s deputy chief minister, Sachin Pilot, raised the matter demanding an investigation and proper punishment for the guilty teacher.
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Even the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) learned about it suo motu and summoned the school authorities and the teacher.
What is happening?
These are not statistics, but the very fact that a child is practically killed by a teacher or a parent for reasons that he failed to stand up to the educational system is very questionable. incomprehensible.
There have been three occasions in India, corporal punishment of students was banned (in some states/territories) in 1983, 2006 and banned in 1994. This was according to the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment inflicted on children.
A few years ago, a student from Telengana, in 2015 to be precise, died after being severely beaten by the teacher. Clearly, the incident caused massive tension in the region.
Frankly, in many states and territories, the ban is not enforced thoroughly and continuously, physically and mentally as well.
Poland was the first country to ban corporal punishment in schools in 1783.
Corporal punishment in schools is no longer legal in any European country. As of 2016, around 128 countries had banned corporal punishment in schools, including all of Europe, and most of South America and East Asia. About 69 countries still allow corporal punishment in schools, including parts of America and many countries in Africa and Asia.
During school hours or at home, hitting a child with leather straps or heating his palms with a wooden stick or slapping him on the buttocks all lead to humiliation which, in many children , becomes jitters or scary or complex and frustrating as well.
Many argue that corporal punishment is ineffective in the long term, interferes with learning, leads to antisocial behavior as well as low self-esteem and other forms of mental distress, and is a form of violence that violates children’s rights.
This is the final warning to teachers who use corporal punishment. The Ministry of Women and Child Development has issued a new set of guidelines prohibiting corporal punishment of students.
Six child deaths in 75 days!
Six deaths from corporal punishment in two and a half months statewide was a shocking statistic to consider on Teachers’ Day in 2011.
Revise the system
This scourge of the education system is also one of the main reasons students drop out of school, said Andhra Pradesh-based child rights organization Balala Hakkula Sangham.
The values a teacher tries to impart should reflect their own behavior and personal choices.