Corpun file 22836
New Kerala, 26 November 2010
Govt plans to enact law to stop corporal punishment
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Kolkata, Nov 26: Principal Secretary of West Bengal
Education department Vikram Sen today informed Calcutta High
Court that the state government was considering to enact a law
prohibiting corporal punishment in schools.
Mr Sen was responding to queries by the court on steps the
government had taken to stop corporal punishment in schools in
accordance with the section-17 of the Right of Children to Free
and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 which prohibits physical
punishment and mental harassment to children in schools.
The two-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Joy Narayan Patel
and Justice Asim Roy was hearing a writ petition filed by lawyer
Tapas Bhanja way back in 2003.
Sen also informed the court that a committee was set up on
November 24 this year to look into the problem.
The court was not satisfied with the contention of Sen that the
government had inserted two advertisements in two vernacular
newspapers, Aajkal and Ganasakti regarding prohibition of
corporal punishment in schools.
The court ruled that the advertisement should be given also in
two leading English and Bengali dailies in the city.
The bench ordered the state government to inform the court by
January 24, 2011, regarding the number of teachers censured for
alleged corporal punishment acts as also the number of teachers
suspended or dismissed or their increments stopped for the same
In an order on February six, 2004, the high court had banned
corporal punishment in schools. --
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