Effective implementation of corporal punishment laws highlighted

Islamabad: Be careful hitting children provokes their aggressive and anti-social behavior, experts on Saturday stressed the need for effective enforcement of laws against corporal punishment of minors at home and at school.

On an international day to end corporal punishment, they also urged the government to fulfill its commitment to take the necessary administrative, social and educational measures to protect children from physical and mental violence, abuse and exploitation. .

The event was organized by the United World Development Organization (UGOOD) and the Pakistan National Action Coordinating Group against Violence against Children in collaboration with the Hashoo Foundation, the National Commission for children’s rights and the Ministry of Human Rights to the national press. Club here at what they said raise their voices for the elimination of corporal punishment. NACG Pakistan coordinator Mehwish Kayani told participants that corporal punishment was intended to cause physical pain to people, especially minors, at home and in schools, with the most common methods being spanking and the paddle.

She said prisoners and slaves were also subjected to this physical punishment. “Many countries have banned this heinous practice, but Pakistan is among 69 countries trying to eradicate it from educational institutions,” she said.

Ms Mehwish Kayani said that in addition to spanking, slapping, pinching, pulling, twisting and hitting with an object, forcing a child to consume unpleasant substances such as soap, hot sauce or chilli is also a form of corporal punishment.

She said many parents use corporal punishment to teach children acceptable behaviors, especially how to make good choices and exercise self-control, without realizing that corporal punishment leads to increased aggression. , antisocial behavior, physical injuries and mental health problems among minors.

“This day [International Day to End Corporal Punishment] is an opportunity for us to show our support for all child victims of corporal punishment and calls for better protection of children as holders of human rights. The government has pledged to end violence against children by 2030, but corporal punishment continues to ruin the lives of billions of children. We know what works and we have eight years to end corporal punishment,” she said.

Mr Ali Haider from Askariya School said that the children had constantly expressed the urgent need to end all kinds of violence against them. He said some people have argued that it’s okay to slap a child or a cane or two when they’re misbehaving, but that’s not okay, just like it’s not okay to do this to an adult. “Think about it… Let’s end corporal punishment together. When a child receives physical punishment, society tells them – and an entire generation – that violence is a valid way to solve a problem,” he said.

Syed Abdul Ahad Gilani of the Future World School said corporal punishment is the most common form of violence against children, with about four in five children worldwide between the ages of 2 and 14 being subjected to it each year at home ( corporal punishment and/or psychological aggression).

He said research had found strong evidence linking violent punishment to multiple harmful impacts on the child and society, including significant economic costs. “Corporal punishment violates children’s right to respect for their human dignity and physical integrity, as well as their rights to health, development, education and freedom from torture and other cruel treatment or punishment, inhuman or degrading.” Mr. Ahad Gilani said that the government was committed to ending violence against children in Sustainable Development Goal 16.2, so serious actions were needed without delay to translate this commitment into reality.

Hania Shafique, of Froebel’s International School, said the widespread social acceptance of corporal punishment meant that some degree of violence in child-rearing was normalized, entrenching children’s lower status in society and opening the door to other forms of violence and abuse. “As the smallest and most vulnerable members of society, children deserve more, not less, protection from harm,” she said. Tajdar Hashmi, a child member of the NCRC, called for the necessary changes or repeal of the laws to ensure that none of them are interpreted as providing a defense against corporal punishment.

He said that corporal punishment of children should be prohibited in all its forms and manifestations and in all settings, from alternative care facilities and day care centers to schools and correctional facilities, and that all judicial corporal punishment should prohibited, including under Shariah and traditional legal systems. Faryal Javed, a child member of the NCRC, said the Federal Directorate of Education, which regulates public sector schools and colleges in Islamabad, has warned teachers against mandatory retirement and even dismissal for corporal punishment.

She said that Pakistan had ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) and that the government was bound by it to take appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect children against physical and mental violence, injury and abuse, neglect, and neglect, abuse and exploitation. Urging provincial governments to pass legislation on corporal punishment and its effective enforcement, she also called for teachers trained in positive discipline methods.

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