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Corporal punishment plagues Chandigarh schools

Corporal punishment continues in schools across the city despite strict instructions against the same, reports Monica Sharma.

india Updated: Oct 14, 2006 03:34 IST

Even though the UT Education Department has marked an inquiry into the alleged slapping incident involving a plus two student, Sahil of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, corporal punishment continues in schools across the city despite strict instructions against the same.

A survey of the schools is enough to reveal that students even in a place like Chandigarh with high awareness level are often slapped for even trivial issues like talking in the classroom or even not completing the homework. The concept is prevalent not only the government schools but also some of the private schools.

The reason is that the education department officials seldom carry out the inspections of the schools to check the practice that in some schools is attaining the proportion of a menace.

Though countries like Denmark, Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Iceland, Italy, even Israel, have completely prohibited "corporal punishment" in all forms, little has been done in India to stop the teachers from hitting the students.

The Director Public Instructions (Schools) UT, Ashwani Kumar said strict instructions have been issued to all schoolteachers against hitting or even slapping the students. He added that an inquiry has already been marked into the slapping incident but so far neither the boy nor his family has turned up. He added that proceeding in the matter is not easy, as the family itself is not pursuing the case.

The sources said the family was called by the District Education Officer to his office for verifying the authenticity of the allegations. However nothing concrete has so far been achieved. The sources added that the preliminary inquiry into the incident revealed that the boy has suffered neither any internal nor external injury.

Meanwhile a section of teachers said such reactions by the parents had a demoralising effect on the teachers. They asserted that in majority of the cases things were being blown out of proportion by the parents.

It may be recalled Sahil was allegedly slapped by a teacher for coming to the classroom without shaving. In a complaint to the police, Sahil had alleged that the hearing aid he was wearing around an ear was damaged, as a result of the slap. The police could however not proceed in the matter as neither the boy nor his family turned up at the police station in the afternoon, despite being called by the police for follow up action. On the other hand the school staff along with teacher accused of the offence kept waiting for over two hours.

First Published: Oct 14, 2006 03:34 IST