Child rights body flays madressah boy's killing -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Child rights body flays madressah boy’s killing

SOCIETY for Protection of Rights of Child (SPARC) has condemned the dreadful killing of a 7-year old blind boy due to corporal punishment by a madressah teacher in Vehari.

According to a press release issued on Friday, SPARC Regional Manager demanded the government to enact a proper law which could abolish corporal punishment in the country. He also expressed a deep concern over a tremendous increase in the ratio of corporal punishment in the country. He highlighted Section 89 of the Pakistan Penal Code which empowered parents, teachers and other guardians to use corporal punishment to a child less than 12 years of age.

He said unfortunately the law was not being enforced in the country. He urged the government to repeal the law immediately. He said if a child got inured or hurt then, according to Sections 319, 320 of PPC, the person responsible for that could be penalized and imprisoned. The reason why corporal punishment was so strongly denounced in the law was the fact that it was tantamount to deny a child of his fundamental rights of education.
Source: The News
Date:5/31/2008