Corporal Punshiment – once again?

Another shocking incident of a child being punished (?) and grievously injured by a school teacher. I had written about some cases earlier this year too.. and now – one more, even more barbaric,even more cruel..

This little girl was apparently ‘hit’ by the teacher for not being able to recite the English alphabet.

‘The incident allegedly occurred on Wednesday when Shannoo failed to recite the English alphabet in class. Angered by this, the teacher allegedly hit Shannoo’s head against the table and made her stand in the sun for over two hours. Unable to stand the heat, Shannoo fainted and was found unconscious by her younger sister, who studies in the same school. The girl then informed their mother, Rihanna, who rushed Shannoo to Maharshi Valmiki Hospital. ‘ She is now in a coma and battling for her life..

It is difficult to digest that this sort of a thing happens.. and seems to happen all the time.. What has our education system come to? Why are we having such barbaric incidents of corporal punishments? And is it just a coincidence that these seem to happen to children from the lower economic strata..

Isn’t it time, we analyse to see why such incidents happen over and over again. In most of the private schools, things have changed, but these incidents keep cropping up.  Isn’t it shocking that the very people, we entrust our children’s education with, can actually almost kill them?

A lot has to do with the lack of awareness among teachers. Clearly, teachers who mete out such punishment are not really in the profession, because they really enjoy teaching or because they want to make a difference.. The sad thing is that in India, teaching has become the ‘last option’.. Of course, there are a lot of dedicated teachers, but even a few  bad apples make a lot of difference – to this little girl  – the difference between life and death!  It just goes to show that we have a long way to go , to try and ensure that good quality professionals enter the teaching  profession – instead of it being a ‘last resort’ , that it has become!

Edited to add - I just came across the news item here – that Shannoo Khan, has died. May she rest in peace. Lets just hope that we learn from her death and no more of this happens..

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13 thoughts on “Corporal Punshiment – once again?

  1. Oh I agree. Infact most of the time.. the teachers are so depressed themselves and are not capable of handling the students.. and hence the frustrations come out this way!

    Me: Yes, Winnie , it is certainly their frustration showing.. If only there was a way to take away the frustration…

  2. This is so shocking! I am now scared to send my little girl to school. As you say such things happen to “the lower economic strata”.. and why is anybody’s guess. It is easier to abuse people who do not have the means to fight against it.. in this case, to land that wretched so-called teacher in the gallows.

    Me :Violet, Welcome here ! Me too! ‘ It is easier to abuse people who do not have the means to fight against it.. in this case, to land that wretched so-called teacher in the gallows.’ – In private schools where parents have a ‘louder’ voice – such incidents seem to be much lesser.. Sad, isn’t it?

  3. Smitha this is very common in govt run schools,only few get noticed.I remember i had a maths teacher who used to throw wooden duster on the students,one student got hurt on his head,then the parents raised there voice against the teacher and the teacher was warned.The school i studied was a reputed school.

    Sad news is that the girl is dead now.When i saw the girl i was in tears,how can a teacher be so inhuman to beat and make her stand in the hot sun for 2hours.

    A Principal locks small students in the school as their parents didnt pay the fee.Check this link—
    http://ranuchakraborty.blogspot.com/2009/03/sister-joanna-strikes-again-sister.html

    Me : Varunavi – That is shocking!!! The wooden duster could be so dangerous! Yes, I read that that poor girl died – so sad – isn’t it? When will we learn?? Will check out this link.

  4. Shocking really!
    I read abt the little girl and knew she was in coma…
    but, the fact that she died is really sad…

    Me : Yes Pixie – she passed away – it is so sad – all because she did not know the alphabet..

  5. At times, even a dedicated teacher was too harsh in giving punishment to students. I think the real problem is, the mentality of the teachers.. a psycology test is really required.. as they are handling students.. becos it’s happening repetitively.. and also many were going unnoticed :(

    Me : Yes, we certainly need more stringent tests for entry level teacher – to try and ensure that this kind of stuff does not happen.. And you are right – so many might be going unnoticed – that is scary indeed!!

  6. Very shocking incident! Reasons are many- mentality of teachers, children from lower strata of society, minimum supervision from authorities….

    Whatever the reasons, the poor children- our future- have to bear the brunt!

    Me : Manju – ‘Whatever the reasons, the poor children- our future- have to bear the brunt’ – thats the saddest part – that we can’t do anything about it – its almost as if we are helpless! The govt, obviously has more important things on its mind.. it’s really shocking.

  7. People don’t seem to learn. Unfortunately, corporal punishment is considered normal at home and, therefore, at school too. It is only when such tragedues take place that we wake up to the horror of it.

    While I commend the media for highlighting this incident, the sorry fact is that the cameras rarely go into the hinterland where teachers don’t even think twice before subjecting students to what we will consider shocking punishments.

    What is needed is social awareness. Hope some NGOs take up this cause all over the country.

    Me: Vinod – you are so right! This incident, thankfully got highlighted – because it was in outer Delhi. Similar stuff must be happenning all over India – esp in the rural areas, where the parents would prob be too scared to even go to the police!

    I do hope, that some NGO takes this up.. It’s such a tragedy..

  8. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Delhi-girl-dies-after-school-punishment/articleshow/4413949.cms
    :(

    It is sad and shocking!

    I hope the teacher gets the worst punishment. It is high time Indian schools have psychologists to deal with abused children as well as depressed teacher.

    Me : I know, Solilo, It is so sad isn’t it? I do hope that the teacher gets punished for it.. It is however, a larger issue, if you see how often it seems to happen. Teachers need to be educated first, I believe, to ensure that this kind of stuff does not happen. Punishing children is fine – but there needs to be checks to ensure that it does not amount to abuse!
    As for psychologists in schools – well, the govt schools, apparently don’t even have teachers in some cases – so a psychologist would be asking for too much!

  9. Its true. These days, they dont have the patience required to be a tutor. They vent out their personal and professional frustrations on these poor kids. Moreover, these teachers are not bothered about losing their job, they must be making more money through tutions. Such people should be put behind bars under harassment cases. Pathetic situation in our country !

    Vimmuuu – True.. Most teachers seem to make more in tutions! It is such a sad situation that most children in India today seem to go for ‘tutions’! Why do we need teachers in school if they have to go for tutions? That could actually be a subject of another post altogether!
    Teachers like this certainly need to be put behind bars! And concrete measures need to be taken to ensure that incidents like these do not occur – ever again!

  10. It is true that in India teaching has become a last option. It is no more considered attractive. As a people, we just don’t know which jobs are vital and which are not. At least the pay scales to such jobs don’t reflect that.

    I think the teachers are also stressed and they try to take it out on the students. Considering the Delhi heat, two hours in the sun for a little kid – the teacher should have been more sensible. Hopefully from now on teachers will be more careful. I was fortunate not to have any such teachers throughout my studies. In fact, I adored a lot of them.

    Destination Infinity

    Me : DI, ‘As a people, we just don’t know which jobs are vital and which are not. At least the pay scales to such jobs don’t reflect that.’ – I totally agree with that! It is sad that teaching is fast becoming a last resort and we are having to entrust our children to teachers who might even end up killing our children! We need the authorities to take concrete steps to prevent this from happenning again.
    I was lucky with teachers too – I too adored most of them :) But even a few years down the line – the teachers I see in the very same school – seem to be far less committed!

  11. These incidents happen in private schools too; I think the teacher needs to be know what is acceptable.

    It is sad for the children.. nd some of them never complains, thinking that it is normal.

    On the other hand I am not sure if we need tough rules like those in US where one can be jailed for reprimanding your child. And then again I am still not sure if corporal punishment is necessary in school or house.. can we do away with it completely?

    Me : Yes – it is sad for the children – especially if they think it is normal.. I think in the long run, it might even impact a child’s phsychological well being, even if the child is not physically hurt. Teachers certainly need to know their limits.

    I agree with you that it should not be like the west where nothing can be said to the child.. That is the other extreme.. If only we could get a better balance.. By the way, apparently there is a child line number in Kerala – not sure if it is there in every state – which a child can call if he feels that he is being harrassed in school.. Not sure of the details.. my cousin was telling me this, the last time I was in Kerala. Will look up and do a post abt it…

  12. This is sad. You expect teachers to be a bit more considerate towards children.

    A reprimand may be warranted at times, but really you should know how much is too much. Maybe it is just a lack of training, or worse still, a lack of motivation for the job!?

    Amreekandesi – ‘A reprimand may be warranted at times, but really you should know how much is too much. Maybe it is just a lack of training, or worse still, a lack of motivation for the job!?’ – And I think, ‘a lack of motivation for the job’ is the most scary aspect – especially in a profession like teaching…

  13. One-off incident this must be, but it indicates the extent to which our teachers go. It also shows the misplaced importance of certain elements of learning, like memorizing. The long-term is also forgotten in the craze for the short-term achievements. Sad :(

    Pradeep, It looks like it’s not all that one-off an incident..Here is another similar instance – last year ..

    ‘It also shows the misplaced importance of certain elements of learning, like memorizing. The long-term is also forgotten in the craze for the short-term achievements. Sad :( ‘ Totally agree.. it is indeed sad..

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