Children still beaten in East Delhi govt schools

Despite ban, teachers use belts, iron rulers when angry

A class 6 student at Government Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya, Shakarpur has complained of being beaten up by a teacher, leaving him with a  bruised finger.

Dharamjeet, a resident of Ravidas Camp in Patparganj, named a teacher who beats him with an iron ruler whenever he gets angry. “Sometimes teachers beats us without any reason and whenever we try to resist they punish us,” said Dharamjeet.

Several children living in Patparganj slums, who are studying in nearby government schools, have complained that teachers beat them up with belts.

“They also abuse us. It is a common thing in school to get beatings if we do not listen to the teachers or don’t complete our homework,” said Ashish Gupta, a class 8 student at Government Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya, West Vinod Nagar.  

Social Jurist, a civil rights group, has written to Kiran Walia, Delhi’s education minister to look into the issue.

“It is submitted that the aforementioned instances are only samples. The pernicious practice of corporal punishment in Delhi Government schools as well as in MCD schools is continued unabated despite prohibition under Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009,” reads the letter.

Meanwhile, the government is preparing a draft bill on curbing unfair practices in schools. According to the draft bill, resorting to corporal punishment in class or forcing students to purchase books, uniforms and stationery from a particular shop could lead to three years in jail.

While speaking at a recent discussion in Delhi on the report of Working Group of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on Guidelines for Eliminating Corporal Punishment in schools, chairperson Shanta Sinha stressed the “need to eliminate all forms of corporal punishment practised in the name of disciplining a child.”

In a recent postcard campaign where over 200 students from various government schools participated, children complained they are not able to perform well in exams due to corporal punishment.

Children complained of getting beaten up if they ask for more food at midday meals. Some students also complained of shoes being thrown at them. 

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