A school teacher was booked and suspended from service on Wednesday for subjecting a minor student of inhuman torture and severe punishment in his school for not learning his lesson. According to sources, 5 years old Abdul Rehman -a student of Government High School No. 2, went to school where his teacher Ijaz subject him to severe punishment for not learning his lesson. Due to torture, the minor received bruises on his face as well as other parts of the body. As the minor returned home while crying with pain and injuries/scratches on his body, his mother called her brother Mohammad Qasim who took the victim to local police station to lodge complaint. “The slogan of “Maar Nahi Pyaar” of the Punjab Education department introduced by the previous provincial government appeared to be merely eyewash as incidents of ‘corporal punishment’ continuously taking place at educational institutions of rural areas,” Said Mohammad Qasim- uncle of the victim.
When contacted, Chief Executive Officer District Education Authority Dr Javed Iqbal said that soon after the incident came in to the notice of the education authorities, a probe committee headed by District Officer secondary education was constituted to examine the case and probe the incident. He said that the inquiry committee has initially found the said teacher Ijaz as guilty of corporal punishment following which the said teacher has been suspended from service and further departmental action under the Punjab employees’ efficiency, discipline and accountability (PEEDA) act has been initiated. Responding another question, he said that as the student and teacher are locals , the teacher with the help of elders and notables of the area has made reconciliation with the family of the victim to avert legal action. He added that there is zero tolerance policy for corporal punishment in schools and such inhuman torture in schools is not bearable and department itself become complainant and registered a case against the said teacher.
Dr Iqbal said that education department on the directives of Deputy Commissioner Attock Ali Anan Qamar and Assistant commissioner Hazro registered a criminal case against the accused teacher under section 328-A Pakistan Panel code- which describes the offence of cruelty to child and its punishment.It may be mentioned here that a bill prohibiting corporal punishment for children in educational institutions was passed in the National Assembly in March 2013. It declared any form of corporal punishment of children in academic institutions illegal, with those found to be involved in such acts to be sentenced to a year in prison or fine worth Rs. 50,000 or both.