Thursday, 13 January 2011

HC declares illegal corporal punishment to school students

The High Court on Thursday declared illegal as well as unconstitutional all kinds of corporal punishment to the students in schools and madrasas enforced by teachers.

Delivering the judgment on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), the
High Court also asked the government to formulate an effective policy
guideline to bring to an end of all kinds of corporal punishment in
classrooms to ensure a more conducive atmosphere for the students, as
the existing procedure against the perpetrators lacks propriety.

The bench comprising Justice M Imman Ali and Justice Sheikh Hasan
Arif in its judgment also asked the government to include the
executor of corporal punishment as misconduct in their service rule
which is punishable under the law.

Besides, the HC asked the government to introduce a monitoring system
across the country so that such corporal punishment does not take
place in the educational institutions.

The Education Ministry admits that teachers of some educational
institutions impose inhuman punishments on the students for various
reasons including violation of discipline and negligence in studies,
resulting in students’ progress being hampered, and impeding their
physical and mental growth from flourishing.

Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) and Ain o Salish
Kendra (ASK) jointly filed the PIL writ petition that sought
necessary directives on the government to stop corporal punishment
for the school students at all levels.

Dhaka, Jan 13 (UNB)- Details

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