Incidents of corporal punishments on rise

Many of the incidents are reported as parents and school managements reach compromise.

By Author  |  Published: 15th Dec 2016  9:33 pmUpdated: 15th Dec 2016  9:41 pm
Vamshi was punished because he did not complete his maths assignment

Mancherial: Corporal punishment leads to adverse physical and psychological outcomes – including aggressive and destructive behaviour, poor school achievement, poor attention span, increased drop-out rate, school phobia, and low self esteem, that emotionally scar the children for life, according to national commission for protection of child rights.

The commission was mentioning consequences a child have to suffer due to corporal punishment in schools. It had framed guidelines for eliminating the menace. No child shall be subjected to physical punishment or mental harassment, according to Section 17 of the Right of Children to free and compulsory Education Act, 2009.   

But, teachers of private educational institutions are increasingly resorting to corporal punishments against their students for failing to complete homework or any academic assignment. Evidently, Mancherial district registered four incidents in the recent times. However, most of these incidents were not reported as parents ‘compromised’ with school managements.

Banoth Nirmala, a widow of Ramnagar town was devastated on learning how a teacher of a private school brutally thrashed her only son because he could not draw a mathematical graph, two days ago. She along with members of her colony, grilled the teacher, seeking explanation for the cruel act on Wednesday. Her son Vamsi is a Class X student.

Parents and child rights organisations have been expressing concern over this menace. They are demanding authorities to take steps to abolish the barbaric tradition of beating students. “Corporal punishments indicate sadistic mentality of a teacher. You cannot impart education by subjecting a student to harassment. Disciplinary action can be taken against the teacher, as per RTE, 2009,” member of State commission for protection of child rights, Achyutha Rao told this ‘Telangana Today’.

Recent instances:

R Sanghavi, Class IV student, was beaten up by Yadagiri, headmaster of a private school for not paying fees on time in Koutala mandal centre on September 8. The State Commission for protection child rights ordered the then SP and DEO of erstwhile Adilabad district, to enquire into the incident.

A female teacher allegedly thrashed a Class X student and another pupil for not performing yogic postures properly in a school owned and run by SCCL at CCC colony in Naspur village on the outskirts of Mancherial town on September 24.

A Class IX student was thrashed for not completing homework properly in Bellampalli town a few weeks ago. Angery parents vandalised furniture of the institution and lodged complaint against the management.