MANSEHRA: A minor school girl was subjected to severe corporal punishment, leaving her left arm badly bruised, family sources told the police on Friday.
According to the police, Sajjad Muhammad, a resident of Tarah village, said his seven-year-old niece Bisma, who studies in third grade at a government primary school, came home crying on Thursday. Her left arm was so severely injured that she was unable to move it.
After her mother inquired what happened, Bisma told her family that her teacher, Miss Shahida, beat her with a club as punishment for making noise. The girl claimed everyone was responsible for the ruckus in the classroom. Later, her uncle took her to the doctor, who gave her pain relievers.
Muhammad went to the school on Friday and lodged a complaint against the accused teacher. Sticking to her guns, the teacher threatened to expel Bisma from school. Muhammad later registered his complaint with the Mansehra district education officer, seeking legal action against the teacher for violating the ban on corporal punishment.
Despite the provincial government’s ban, physical abuse by school teachers continues unabated.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 25th, 2013.
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