Corporal Punishment against Children in India

  • Harshawardhan Dhananjay Dixit
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  • Harshawardhan Dhananjay Dixit

    Student at TMV’S Lokmanya Tilak Law College, Pune, India

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Corporal punishment is a form of physical punishment inflicted on children as a way of disciplining them. It entails striking, spanking, slapping, or any other physical harm that might have long-term psychological impacts on kids. In India, using physical punishment is a regular practice in homes, schools, and even some places of worship. The Indian government has, however, taken steps to forbid corporal punishment and support constructive discipline techniques. Every child has the right to receive education in India that is both secure and caring, as education is considered as a fundamental right in India. The Right to Education Act of 2009 forbids the use of corporal punishment and psychological bullying against students. Any action that produces pain or suffering, such as beating, slapping, or caning, is considered physical punishment according to the statute. Anyone found in violation of this law faces fines or imprisonment. The use of corporal punishment on minors is prohibited by the Indian Penal Code (IPC). According to Section 323 of the IPC, anyone who injures a child may be sentenced to up to one year in prison, a fine, or both. A person who strikes a child or uses unlawful force against them is also subject to a fine or imprisonment for up to three years under Section 352 of the IPC. The use of corporal punishment is still common in some areas of India notwithstanding these rules. Some parents and educators think that using physical punishment to control children and instill good behaviour in them is vital. However, studies have demonstrated that corporal punishment can negatively impact kids’ emotional and mental health, resulting in anxiety, sadness, and hostility.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 2, Page 1589 - 1593


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