SRINAGAR: In a landmark move to protect the well-being and mental health of students, the Directorate of School Education Kashmir has issued a circular imposing a blanket ban on corporal punishment and other forms of child abuse in all educational institutions within its jurisdiction.
The decision comes after distressing complaints regarding corporal punishment were reported, linking it to mental health issues among school-going children. The reports received from IMHANS-K raised serious concerns about the negative consequences of corporal punishment, which not only hinder the learning and development of affected children but also create an environment of fear and hostility within the educational institutions.
According to an order, Director of School Education Kashmir states that the negative consequences of corporal punishment not only hinder the learning and development of the affected children but also create an environment of fear and hostility within the Educational Institutions. “Corporal punishment has an ill effect on the mental health of the child which is the cause of concern for the parents and the department.”
It added that whenever a child is assaulted, abused, exposed or neglected in a manner to cause physical or mental suffering by any person employed by or managing an organisation, which is entrusted with the care and protection of the child, the punishment would be rigorous imprisonment up to three years and fine up to Rs five lakh.
“On account of the cruelty, if the child is physically incapacitated or develops a mental illness or is rendered mentally unfit to perform regular tasks or has risk to life or limb, then imprisonment may extend up to ten years,” it reads. (KNO)