IHC bans cor­po­ral pun­ish­ment in schools

Is­lam­abad High Court CJ di­rects In­te­rior Min­istry to safe­guard rights of chil­dren

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IS­LAM­ABAD: The Is­lam­abad High Court (IHC) on Thurs­day sus­pended till fur­ther no­tice a sec­tion of the Pak­istan Pe­nal Code (PPC) that al­lows for the use of cor­po­ral pun­ish­ment by par­ents, guardians and teach­ers “in good faith for the ben­e­fit”.

A pe­ti­tion in the IHC, sub­mit­ted by singer-turned-rights ac­tivist She­hzad Roy, called for a ban on the use of vi­o­lence as a means to dis­ci­pline chil­dren in school. In his pe­ti­tion, Roy ar­gued that Sec­tion 89 of the PPC al­lows for use of vi­o­lence and force against chil­dren. “Last year, a child passed away be­cause of the use of cor­po­ral pun­ish­ment in a school in Lahore,” Roy’s lawyer told the court while adding that the mat­ter of abol­ish­ing the use of cor­po­ral pun­ish­ment was of pub­lic in­ter­est. Lawyer, while ex­plain­ing the rea­son for Roy’s in­ter­est in mat­ter, said that the singer-turned-ac­tivist has es­tab­lished an or­gan­i­sa­tion for ed­u­ca­tional re­forms.

“The par­lia­ment also passed some bill on the mat­ter as well,” IHC Chief Jus­tice Athar Mi­nal­lah, who was hear­ing the case, re­called. “We want that the use of cor­po­ral pun­ish­ment is banned while the par­lia­ment goes about mak­ing laws on the mat­ter,” the lawyer re­sponded while adding that cor­po­ral pun­ish­ment has ex­tremely ad­verse ef­fects on chil­dren’s men­tal and phys­i­cal health. Hear­ing this, Jus­tice Mi­nal­lah sus­pended sec­tion 89 of the Pak­istan Pe­nal Code which says: “Noth­ing which is done in good faith for the ben­e­fit of a per­son un­der twelve years of age […] by or by con­sent of the guardian or other per­son hav­ing law­ful charge of that per­son, is an of­fense by rea­son of any harm which it may cause.”

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