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IHC Bans Corporal Punishment for Children on Shehzad Roy’s Plea

Shehzad Roy Corporal Punishment for Children

IHC bans corporal punishment for children under the age of 12

A huge victory for Shehzad Roy and his team as the Islamabad High Court has announced to suspend section 89 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) that allows for the use of corporal punishment for children by parents, guardians, and teachers “in good faith for the benefit” until further notice.

The petition was filed by singer and activist Shehzad Roy, who called for a ban on the use of violence as a means to discipline children. He argued that Section 89 of the PPC allows for use of violence and force against children.

The IHC has now suspended section 89 of the PPC however, it will only remain suspended in the Islamabad Capital Territory after IHC issued a written order, stating:

“Corporal punishments are not in consonance with the constitutionally guaranteed right of inviolability of dignity notwithstanding section 89 of the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860.”

IHC also directed the human rights ministry to submit a report on the “status of the compliance with the obligations of the State of Pakistan under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in relation to the prohibition of corporal punishment”.

The court also instructed the federal government to “advise the Private Education Institutions Regulatory Authority to issue guidelines to the private schools”.

Shehzad Roy shared this news on social media with a message for children and wrote:

Congratulations my dear children . Ab aap ki pittaee karna buhat mushkil hoga.

 

Social media congratulate Shehzad Roy after IHC bans corporal punishment for children

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