Follow guidelines for Eliminating Corporal Punishment: Minister
Union Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi has urged schools to strictly observe Guidelines for Eliminating Corporal Punishment, issued by the National Commission of Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) of WCD Ministry. The WCD Ministry has asked the Ministry of Human Resource Development for wide spread circulation and implementation of the Guidelines for Elimination of Corporal Punishment in schools.
This was done in the light of the recent disturbing incident of girl students who were meted out tormenting corporal punishment in a school for not completing their homework.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) under the authority of Ministry of Women & Child Development has developed and issued Guidelines for Eliminating Corporal Punishment in schools.
In her letter to Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, Ms Maneka Gandhi has expressed concern at the disturbing incident of corporal punishment in UP. “Corporal punishment has been banned under Section-17 of the RTE Act”, she remarked urging the HRD Minister that the government as well as private schools be directed to ensure that these guidelines are strictly observed.
The Guidelines call for setting up of a Special Monitoring Cell to take prompt action in cases of physical punishment or harassment of children. They also suggest that Corporal Punishment Monitoring Cells (CPMCs) should hear grievances related to corporal punishment within 48 hours of the occurrence. Also, the school teachers are to provide a written undertaking that they would not engage in any action that could be construed as amounting to physical punishment, mental harassment or discrimination of children. The guidelines also call for annual social audits of physical punishment, harassment and discrimination of children.
The guidelines of NCPCR on corporal punishment are available at http://www.ncpcr.gov.in/showfile.php?lang=1&level=1&&sublinkid=234&lid=153