New Delhi: After a disturbing incident in Uttar Pradesh last week where the girl students were allegedly forced to run laps of the playground without their skirts for failing to complete their homework, the Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has urged schools to eliminate corporal punishment and follow the guidelines issued by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).
As per the guidelines, special monitoring cells need to be set-up in the schools to take prompt action in cases of physical punishment or harassment of children.
It also suggests that these ‘Corporal Punishment Monitoring Cells’ should hear the grievances related to corporal punishment within 48 hours of occurrence.
It further outlines that school teachers should provide a written undertaking that they would not engage in any action that could be construed as amounting to physical punishment, mental harassment or discrimination.
The guideline directs schools to conduct annual social audits of physical punishment, harassment and discrimination.
Ms Gandhi expressed concern at the Uttar Pradesh incident and has asked the Human Resource Development Ministry to ensure a widespread circulation and implementation of the guidelines for elimination of corporal punishment in schools.
“Corporal punishment has been banned under Section 17 of the Right to Education Act. The WCD Minister has urged the Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar that the government as well as private schools may be suitably directed to ensure that these guidelines are strictly observed,” the WCD Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
(With Inputs From IANS)