Corporal Punishment In India

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DEFINITION OF CORPORAL PUNISHMENT Various definitions- INDIA, UK, SWEDEN To study the concept of corporal punishment, there must be a clear, holistic definition of the term to see the extent to which the term encompasses. Many official definitions of ‘corporal punishment’ exist, but they are not consistent. Currently, it is not defined in any statutory enactment in India. Definition of corporal punishment can at best only be indicative. The Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the monitoring body of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of The Child (UNCRC) stresses that human rights include the elimination of all corporal punishment, however mild, as well as all other cruel or humiliating punishment. In a Committee’s general…show more content…
This definition is an efficient standard because it highlights the different forms that corporal punishment may manifest into, and ascertains that this full gamut of physical punishment – even acts that could be considered ‘mild’- amount to corporal punishment, and no intensity of physical punishment against a child is…show more content…
In this context, public debate over corporal punishment in recent decades has been limited to the situation of parents’ or their agents’ (usually school teachers) applying it to children. The act may be intended to be punitive, or just a reflex reaction of a frazzled parent or caretaker. However it remains a breach of fundamental rights. The right to live with dignity and physical integrity are universally acknowledged principles, and yet society everywhere acknowledges and implicitly accepts hitting and other degrading treatment of children by their parents or caretakers. “In most countries, light corporal punishment is permitted as a way of disciplining and correcting a child. It is less acceptable as a means of discipline in schools than in the home. In many countries teachers are not allowed to corporally punish their students and, should they do so, it would be considered a criminal offense of assault or battery. This prohibition breaches the traditional delegation of authority from parents to teachers and whoever else stands in their place and fulfills the role of educating and correcting the child, that is, the common-law doctrine of in loco

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