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Corporal Punishment For Children By Parents, Teachers Banned By IHC

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The corporal punishment for children has been banned by Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday. The court has suspended Section 89 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), that allowed the guardian, parents, and teachers to use corporal punishment for children in “good faith.”

According to a news report published in The Express Tribune, IHC bench presided by Chief Justice Athar Minallah while hearing a petition filed by singer and philanthropist Shehzad Roy to prohibit the use of violence to discipline children, has suspended the PPC section 89 until further notice.

Shehzad Roy in his petition, argued that the section 89 is contradictory to the Constitution as it violates basic human rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. “Punishing children is being considered as essential for improving learning. News of torture and punishment of children has been reported every day in the media,” stated the petition.

Justice Minallah after hearing the arguments, has directed the interior ministry to take immediate action to secure the rights of children.

Shehzad took to Twitter to express his gratitude over the IHC decision. “I am grateful that the operation of brutal, inhuman and unconstitutional colonial-era law section 89 has been suspended/stoped by the [IHC] Cheif Justice Athar Minallah on Zindagi Trust petition in all the federal jurisdiction & Islamabad.”

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