IHC bans corporal punishment for children under the age of 12

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Shafaqna Pakistan:The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday suspended Section 89 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and banned the practice of corporal punishment by parents, guardians and teachers for children under the age of 12.

Hearing a petition filed by singer and philanthropist Shehzad Roy praying upon the court to prohibit the use of violence to discipline children, a division bench of the IHC presided by Chief Justice Athar Minallah, suspended the PPC section until further notice.

Section 89 allowed parents, guardians and teachers to use corporal punishment in “good faith”.

In his petition, Roy argued that section 89 can be held contradictory to the Constitution as it violates basic human rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

He maintained that punishing children in educational institutions has become a norm.

“Punishing children is being considered as essential for improving learning. News of torture and punishment of children has been reported every day in the media,” stated the petition.

Roy also sought full implementation of child protection laws and prayed to the court to direct the government to protect minors from physical and mental torture.