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July 30, 2009

Children raise voice against corporal punishment

GUWAHATI, July 30: Fear stops children from learning. They must feel comfortable with teachers and therefore sensitization of teachers, parents and media is the need of the hour. This was the opinion expressed by the people participating in the discussion ‘Role of Media in Promoting Positive Discipline’ on the second day of the State Consultation on ‘Discipline and Dignity: Promoting Positive Discipline in Schools of Assam’ today in Guwahati. The discussion, which was chaired by filmmaker Girish Godbole, saw the participation of media experts, teachers and students.

While asking their comments on corporal punishments, Rumi Kalita, a class VII student of children village of Save our Soul (SOS) said “Corporal punishment should be abolished, if adults have rights then why not children?” asked Rumi Kalita, a class VII student living in the SOS Village, Guwahati. A similar view was expressed by Aneesh Aseesh Borah, a class VIII student of Delhi Public School, Guwahati.

The State Consultation has been organized by UNICEF in association with the Law Research Institute (LRI) of Gauhati High Court to develop a clear perspective about corporal punishment in the schools of the State. A recent study on child abuse conducted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India reported that almost all the children interviewed complained of corporal punishment in schools. Asom reported the highest (68 per cent) incidence of emotional abuse through humiliation. SOURCE: THE SENTINEL

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