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A social evil?

Education is meant for everyone. The process of giving it to others should be done with extreme patience and affection. This surely helps in making them move closer to education and finding it much more interesting. Physical punishment is a social evil related to teaching that appears to be a major cause of the lack of education in a country like mine, i.e Pakistan. This has not only caused this lack but has now let many children of my country reach their final destination either directly or indirectly through the evil of corporal punishment.

If we are ever to turn towards a kindlier society and a safer world, a revulsion to physical punishment of children would be a good place to start. Punishing little children especially in schools through hitting or making them carry out strenuous exercises can never be a gateway to a developed society. Children are entitled to care, security and a good upbringing. They should always be treated with respect and love and not corporal punishment or any humiliating treatment.

It takes me into the custody of grief, quoting an incident that took place last September, which was more than tragic, traumatic and heart-breaking. A family friend of mine, Meher, who was about to enter his teens, reached his final destination much earlier as a result of the ruthless punishment at his school. It was because of his teacher, who allegedly gave him a strenuous punishment, causing him to lose breath and eventually fall down the stairs of the school building.

The result was pathetic as his spinal cord was damaged badly and eventually died. Although Meher, an apple of his parents' eyes, has departed for good, it has left us with a silent message explaining the drastic effects of corporal punishment in schools.

The basic reason for mentioning this is not to measure the force of the punishment, but to ask school teachers around the globe reading this to forget the idea of giving any sort of physical punishment. They should be repeatedly counselled about how to help the students build up a good future. They should never underestimate the capabilities of their students and give them space to improve themselves through love.

Muhammad Ibrahim Tariq,

A high school student

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Nov 4, 2012
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