About a week ago, the Islamabad High Court banned the use of corporal punishments on children under the age of 12 by parents, guardians and teachers. It suspended the section 89 of the Pakistan Penal Code. The petition was filed by Shahzad Roy, singer turned philanthropist.
Now, there are several schools of thought on this. The first one believes that until and unless the children are beaten lightly, they don’t learn. They argue that some children are so stubborn and they do not act right until they are beaten. They argue that a bit of beating after some time will in fact be beneficial for the upbringing of the children.
Another school of thought believes that beating of young children below 12 years of age negatively affects the mental and physical health. It says children of this age bracket should be disciplined by communicating with kindness and affection instead of getting physical.
Some, however, believe that teachers should not be allowed to beat children at all costs. However, the parents have the moral obligation to hit children to discipline them.
What will be interesting to see is how will the law be implemented. In case the parents or the teachers beat up the children, will the children call the police, just like in Western countries? Will they get their parents or teachers arrested? For how long will the parents/teachers stay in jail? How will the parent-child and child-teacher relation shape after that ? Will the teachers/parents wait for the 13th birthday of the child to start disciplining in their own way? What is your take on it ?
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