Corporal Punishment in the context of school is to beat a student in response to the student’s undesired behaviour or language. It also refers to the emotional or mental humiliation or harassment of a child.
On December 1, 2000, the Supreme Court imposed a ban on corporal punishment in schools. Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 also declared corporal punishment illegal in school. Clause 17, of the Act, states that no child be subjected to physical punishment and mental harassment in any form.
Though the government of India has imposed a ban on corporal punishment, the practice of corporal punishment is still prevailing in various schools of India. The fact is that no action is taken against the erring teachers.
The ultimate truth is that the concept of corporal punishment is deeply rooted in the psyche of Indian teachers as well as the guardians of the children. In the 21st century, we need to adhere to a new technique under which children should be effectively disciplined and taught.
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