Punjab bans children’s dance performances in schools

  • Educational institutions may face suspension of license over violation
Pakistan

LAHORE – A ban has been placed on dance performances by students in all private and government schools in Punjab in light of the recent increase in the reports of sexual abuse of children, authorities said on Monday.

The ban imposed by Punjab School Education Department (PSED) extends to performances on occasions of prize distribution, parents’ day, teachers’ day and other events, PSED Chief Executive Officer Zahid Bashir Goraya told the media in Lahore.

The education department would suspend the license of any school that allows or forces children to dance at any school event, he added.

The decision was taken after the department received complaints that children were being made to dance on Pakistani and Indian songs at school events.

Critics say making kids dance leads to their sexualisation.