Two incidents of corporal punishment in Madhya Pradesh in the last week suggest the menace going on unabated in the state with government not being able to effectively check it.
Of the recent incidents, a couple of days back a 12-year-old boy in Jabalpur was allegedly beaten up, leading to a fractured arm, for not bringing Rs 100 and food grains for a religious function at the school.
On February 18, a Class 7 student was injured when a teacher threw a pen at him that hit him in the right eye.
A couple of months back, a Class 5 student in Singrauli district was slapped in the face by his tabla teacher leading to a damaged eardrum for allegedly making mistakes during session.
In September 2015, a Class 9 student in Dhar was injured when he was hit by a teacher at Saraswati Shishu Mandir. In August, a Class 8 student in Shivpuri district was beaten up by his teacher as he failed to answer a question.
Earlier, in 2013, a 10-year-old boy died after being beaten by two of his teachers in a school in Betul.
Few incidents of corporal punishment in government schools: Minister
State school education minister Deepak Joshi, however, says that there are few incidents of corporal punishment in government schools.
“As far as private schools are concerned, if any incident of corporal punishment is proved against them then we will cancel the registration of the school,” he says.
Panel issued a set of guidelines on corporal punishment
National Commission for Protection of Child Rights issued a set of guidelines on corporal punishment and measures to end the practice.
The commission’s guidelines states that the responsibility of safeguarding children from punishment lies with teachers and management of the education institutions.
The Supreme Court too has banned corporal punishment in educational institutions. The Union ministry for women and child development too has issued a set of guidelines to ban corporal punishment.
No screening tests are taken for teachers and they are not trained on how to tackle students in class without punishing them, says M Zameeruddin, an educationalist.
“When a teacher uses violence on children it is the outburst of his/her personal frustration. Teachers have no knowledge of child psychology,” he says.
“The profession is being handled by people who don’t care about children or their future.”
Shweta Katariya, a student councillor, says corporal punishment changes the life of a child and hampers his or her self-confidence and social skills.
“Children are in constant fear and submit to violence... They express signs of grief or hurt in their behavior but it often is overlooked,” she says.
The CBSE has warned schools and issued guidelines on corporal punishment.
“The CBSE has directed that schools need to hold soft skills training for teachers every three years to train them how to conduct themselves in class and how to treat students,” she says.
MP schools not sparing the rod
December 4, 2012: Ten-year-old Aslam Ansari died allegedly after he was thrashed by two teachers of a government primary school in Betul district for breaking a bucket.
October 15, 2012: Shahdol’s Government Excellence School student, Noushad, sustained serious injuries in his ears after he was thrashed by his teacher, RP Sharma, for not taking tuition from him
February 10, 2014: A Class 9 student of Ujjain’s Active English High School committed suicide allegedly after being tortured by the principal and a teacher over fees. The boy had jumped into the Undasa pond and drowned. The two accused have been arrested
September 12, 2015: Class 1 student, Sagar Singh, 6, was thrashed allegedly by his teacher for not getting his monthly exam report card signed by his parents in Chhatarpur district. The family registered a case against the accused teacher. The two sides reached a compromise later.
February 3, 2016: A Class 5 student of Carmel Convent, Neemuch, was thrashed allegedly by two teachers after he had a scuffle with his classmates. Victim Nilesh Bansal suffered serious injuries in his ear. Statements of both parties were recorded. Police are yet to file the charge sheet
February 18, 2016: Chetan Romole, a Class 7 student of Jain Central High School in Gwalior district, lost vision in one eye after a teacher allegedly threw a pen at him that accidently hit his right eye. District education officer, Vikash Joshi, has set up a three-member committee to inquire into the incident
February 19, 2016: A Class 7 student suffered a fracture on his arm after he was allegedly beaten up by a teacher at Shishu Mandir School in Gohalpur of Jabalpur district. A complaint has been lodged by the victim’s father against the school and the teacher.
(With inputs from Anupam Pateriya from Sagar, Mustafa from Neemuch and Sandeep Vatsa from Ujjain)