Impact of Corporal Punishment on School Children May 1 Though a

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Impact of Corporal Punishment on School Children May, 2006 33 3.1.5.11 Though a very small number, a number of states in India have taken initiatives in dealing with corporal punishment for children. Three (03) states have completely banned corporal punishment [Delhi (2000), Andhra Pradesh (2002), Goa (2003)], while three (03) other states have sought prohibition on corporal punishment: Chandigadh (1990), West Bengal (2000), and Tamilnadu (2003). 3.1.5.12 The state of Andhra Pradesh was the first state to take any cognizance of corporal punishment as a social vice. It began to deal with it way back in 1966. Rule 39 of A. P. Integrated Educational Rules, 1966 lays down that corporal punishment shall not be inflicted in elementary schools. Rule 122 of the Andhra Pradesh Integrated Educational Rules 1966, deal with imposing various kinds of fines, corporal punishments, suspension, expulsion and rustication etc. There is a restriction on imposing a corporal punishment in Rule 122 (2), which says that corporal punishment shall not be inflicted in schools except in a case of moral delinquency such as a deliberate lying, obscenity of word or act or flagrant insubordination and then it shall be limited to six cuts on the hands and be administered only by or under the supervision of the Headmaster. Corporal punishment should never be inflicted in any recognised school on boys of classes XI and XII. The headmaster shall record in a register every case in which corporal punishment has been inflicted specifying the name, class and age of the pupil, the date the nature of the offence and amount of punishment. 3.1.5.13 The state of Goa is the latest addition to the above set of states who have either banned or prohibited corporal punishment. The state assembly passed The Goa Children's Act in April 2003. The act is a well researched and very specific legal document. 3.1.6 Children’s views on corporal punishment 3.1.6.1 Children’s experiences and views are beginning to be heard on corporal punishment – an issue which plainly affects them most of all. Children speak not only about the pain, but about the humiliation of corporal punishment, how it hurts them “inside”. Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child requires States to respect children’s right to express their views on all matters that affect them – and to give their views “due weight”. 3.1.6.2 The Global Initiative has also compiled results of numerous surveys done in this regard. Accordingly,
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Impact of Corporal Punishment on School Children May, 2006 34 In the UK , five to seven year old children were consulted about smacking. They defined smacking as hitting; most of them described a smack as a hard or very hard hit. Smacking hurts. They said children responded negatively to being smacked, and that smacking was “wrong”. “[I]t feels like [they] shouldn’t have done that, it hurts. It feels embarrassed, it feels like you are really sorry and it hurts” (7 year old girl). “It hurts people and it doesn’t feel nice and people don’t like it when they are smacked’ (5 year old). “[It makes
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