Corporal punishments in madrassahs... By Zafar
14 March, 2013
The bill on corporal punishments is welcome. It provides for "the protection of children against corporal punishment in all types of educational institutions, including formal and non-formal, both public and private, and in childcare institutions, including foster care and any other alternate care setting, both public and private."
Although the bill is supposed to cover religious educational institutions such as madrassahs, this has not been mentioned. The mover of the bill, being a lady, may not be aware of the corporal punishments meted out to students in madrassahs because she did not cover them in her draft.
The bill needs an amendment where these madrassahs are added. Of course, there is no time for the amendment left in the National Assembly; the mover, if re-elected, should remember to get this provision added in the act or if, God forbid, she is not re-elected, should persuade any other MNA to get the addition done.
ZAFARUL HAQ MEMON