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HC: Find way to stop corporal punishment in govt schools

Harish V Nair, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 05, 2013
First Published: 00:37 IST(5/8/2013) | Last Updated: 00:38 IST(5/8/2013)

The Delhi High Court has asked schools run by the three municipal corporations and the state government to put a stop to corporal punishment by evolving a workable complaint redressal mechanism and informing parents about it within three weeks.

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A bench of acting chief justice BD Ahmed and justice Vibhu Bakhru asked the schools to immediately begin the almanac system on the lines of private schools for constant interaction between teachers and parents. The schools, using the almanac, are to inform the parents about the mechanism, preferably a committee to whom they can complain in case their ward is subjected to corporal punishment.

“This system is required as we have noted that complaints to principals is of no use as most of the time a principal tends to protect the teacher or his institution,” said the bench.

Lawyer Ashok Aggarwal who took up the issue in the court said: “This is a welcome move and will be a deterrent against corporal punishment. The authority which receives the complaints should also comprise of members from among parents.” 

The direction came in response to a case where nearly 200 students of various schools run by civic agencies sent postcards to the Delhi High Court chief justice, complaining of corporal punishment.

Earlier, the court had also ordered a detailed inquiry into the “ill-treatment of girl students” of a government school over the enforcement of the ‘do-choti’ or two-ponytail code after 40 students sent postcards to the HC chief justice on the issue.

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