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No justifications for hitting a child

There is absolutely no justification for ever hitting a child

Update : 18 Apr 2024, 01:08 AM
The recent story of a five-year-old girl’s death at the hands of her father, who slapped the child leading to her hitting a wall with force, is yet another horrific reminder of just how normalized corporal punishment still is in Bangladesh.

Most common in our educational institutions, corporal punishment has, for the longest time, remained rampant in public schools and madrasas, however instances of domestic corporal punishment are inherently harder to quantify but are just as damaging to a child’s wellbeing if not more so.

Corporal punishment is inherently abuse as children are nothing if not inherently vulnerable. Teachers and guardians who would rather choose to strike a child instead of simply counseling them or simply communicating with them over any given issue have no place in civil society.

As things stand, the legal provisions against corporal punishment are still a mess. Article 89 of the Penal Code 1860 clearly states that “Nothing which is done in good faith for the benefit of a person under twelve years of age, or of unsound mind, by or by consent, either express or implied, of the guardian or other person having lawful charge of that person, is an offense by reason of any harm which it may cause” -- which might as well give carte blanche to abusive parents/guardians and educators to physically abuse a child.

There is absolutely no justification for ever hitting a child. Corporal punishment is a reprehensible act that needs to be criminalized, and a good place to start would be our public educational institutions.

Our children are our future, which is why to raise a hand against them is tantamount to destroying our own future.
 
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