The Tamil Nadu government today banned corporal punishment in the schools of the state following complaints and reports of torture by teachers in some institutions.
Accepting the recommendations of a committee, headed by former director of School Education A Muthukrishnan, which went into the complaints, the government issued the orders today, an official release said.
Of late, complaints had been received by the government that teachers were using abusive language against children and were torturing them physically.
One girl had reportedly committed suicide at the school premises recently at Salem while another student in suburban Tambaram had been admitted to a hospital following physical torture in school.
Taking a serious note of these incidents and media reports about corporal punishment being given to school children, the government had appointed the committee.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) explicitly protects children from all forms of physical violence (Article 19) and from inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment (Article 37).
According to legal experts, the Children Act of 1960 says that schoolchildren shall not be subjected to corporal punishment.
Educationists too believe that it is counselling which works more in the case of little children.