Pakistan:11- year-old girl dies after severe canning with iron rod by teacher
June 13, Islamabad: An 11-year-old girl student passed away on Monday after a lady teacher in a government school allegedly hit her.
The student who was studying at a school in the Ghizer district suffered an infection in her bones due to the wounds she had sustained in class after her teacher repeately hit her with an iron rod.“When the girl was admitted to a private hospital in the area, doctors suggested her to be shifted to Combined Military Hospital in Gilgit for treatment,” said the parents, adding the girl died in the CMH on Monday morning.
The accused teacher and deceased girl belong to Sherqila area. Ghizer police have arrested the teacher and started investigation into the case.The police said “when Ghizer police personnel reached Sherqila to arrest the teacher, the locals attacked the cops with stones” however Police arrested the teacher and started the investigation into the case.SP Zahoor detailed that after postmortem the body was handed over to relatives.
Corporal punishment under Pakistan's laws is illegal and Under the bill, which was tabled by Mehtab Akbar Rashdi of the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional, protection has been given to children against punishments to cause pain or discomfort by hitting, smacking, slapping, spanking, kicking, shaking or throwing child, scratching, pinching, biting, pulling hair or boxing ears or forcing child to stay in uncomfortable positions, burning, scalding or forced ingestion by any person in the family and workplace, in schools and other educational institutions including formal, non-formal, religious, both public and private, child care institutions including foster care, rehabilitation centres and other alternative care settings and in the juvenile justice system.
However, according to a study by the education campaign Alif Ailaan, in 2016, 70 percent of teachers in Pakistan still practice corporal punishment as they believe that it works better than other forms of punishment.
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