Sunday, August 29, 2010


Like other social malpractices such as gender discrimination, child labour, domestic violence, exploitation based on caste hierarchies, corporal punishment too is all pervasive, highly ingrained, and most resistant to change. The scenario of physical punishment meted out to children in families is shocking. What we often know is only the tip of the icebreg as many instances are hused up and go unreported. As part of the World Studies of Abuse in the Family Environment (WorldSAFE), a cross-national project, researchers looked at incidence rates of corporal punishments. India’s record in this regard was found to be worrying.

Physical punishments take many forms: 

hitting the with objects,
kicking, choking, 
threatening with knife or gun, 
pulling hair, 
slapping on the face or head, 
hitting with objects on buttocks, 
twisting ears, putting hot pepper in mouth, 
shaking violently,
forcing to kneel/stand in uncomfortable position, 
imposing manual labour, 
beating with scale, 
throwing chalk or other instruments.