Pakistan's NA approves bill against corporal punishment for children (READ FULL BILL)

11:02 PM | 23 Feb, 2021
Pakistan's NA approves bill against corporal punishment for children (READ FULL BILL)
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ISLAMABAD – In a historic move, the National Assembly passed a bill that bans all forms of corporal punishment of children at all kinds of educational institutions and at work place. 

PML-N leader Mehnaz Akbar Aziz tabled the ICT Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill. 

The National Assembly also approved an amendment in the bill presented by the government.

Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari said that the amendment will allow people file complaints in court. 

Zindagi Trust has celebrated the approval of the bill, calling it a historic win of children rights.  

The bill bans all forms of corporal punishment “however light” at the “work place, in all types of educational institutions including formal, non-formal, and religious both public and private, in child care institutions including foster care, rehabilitation centers and any other alternative care settings," said a statement issued by the trust.  

The new law will penalize teachers for assault and hurt inflicted upon children, regardless of intention, canceling out the provisions of Section 89 of the PPC which had allowed teachers and guardians to administer physical punishment “in good faith” and “for the benefit” of the child.

The bill had been passed by the Standing Committee for Education as far back as 2019 but it could not make progress as discussion on it was withheld for 15 months after which it was referred to – and remained stuck with – another committee.