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Teacher booked for forcing minor boy to eat grass

Ridiculing students and awarding corporal punishment is not a new phenomenon in Pakistan as a number of such cases keep surfacing every now and then. The most common punishments in schools have been identified as hitting with an object, hair-pulling, ear-twisting as well as awkward and humiliating physical positions. Punjab government under the ‘Maar Nahi Pyar’ policy has banned corporal punishment in the public schools yet many still support it.

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Shocking as it may seem, the police booked a schoolteacher for forcing a minor boy to eat grass after he failed to learn a lesson at a government primary school in Fatehpur, Lodhran.

The schoolteacher at the Government Primary School in Fatehpur, Hamid Raza, not only forced the seven-year-old boy to eat grass but made his video as well. The media reported that the teacher gave the pre-school student two options; either read out the lesson in front of his class fellows or eat grass.

The video clip shows the boy being forced to eat grass by the teacher after he couldn’t read out his lesson. Surprisingly, the boy’s father Muhammad Asghar told the media that he has forgiven the teacher, who is his relative, as what he did was just a joke.

In March, a teacher was booked for brutally beating a student of 4th class in Sialkot. Police said that teacher Jawad Hassan allegedly beat Muzammil Hussain, 12, with a stick at Government High School Chaprar.

However, the District Police Officer Malik Jameel Zafar took notice of the incident and directed the police to investigate into the video. He ordered strict action if the teacher was found guilty.

After the investigation, the Jalla Arain Police Station lodged a first information report (FIR) against Hamid on the complaint of Asghar. However, Asghar told Dawn that he would forgive the teacher in court as well. The police conducted a raid at his house to arrest him and he was not home. Lodhran education chief executive officer Abdul Razzaq said he would look into the matter and take action against the teacher.

School Teacher Booked for Torturing Student

Ridiculing students and awarding corporal punishment is not a new phenomenon in Pakistan as a number of such cases keep surfacing every now and then. The most common punishments in schools have been identified as hitting with an object, hair-pulling, ear-twisting as well as awkward and humiliating physical positions.

Read more: Teacher, school principal sent to jail for torturing a student

In April this year, a schoolteacher was booked for torturing a 9th-grade student in a private school in Manawan, Lahore. The chairperson of the Child Protection and Welfare Bureau (CPWB) Sarah Ahmed took notice of the incident and directed the police to take action against the teacher and provided medical and legal facilities to the student.

“A student Saad Riaz has been beaten badly by his teacher in Harbanspura Lahore today. Just spoke 2 the victim’s brother who narrated the incident. Spoke to the school principal too, denying this. Application submitted to police. Asking them to register FIR,” she tweeted.

“After contacting the student & school, our rescue team helped the student’s family in filing FIR against the teacher of a school in Lahore who allegedly beat Saad Riaz, student of Class 9,” she further said.

Criticizing the ‘Maar Nahi Pyar’ policy, Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) President Sajjad Akbar Kazmi had said that that ban on corporal punishment had made students lazy and sluggish.

The complainant, Shahbaz, said his younger brother Saad Riaz, a grade 9 student, went to his school on Friday where his teacher, Kashif, tortured him severely. He demanded action against the teacher.

In a video message recorded before the CWPB, the victim said he was talking to his classmate when his teacher, Kashif, held him from his neck, slapped him in his face, held him from hair and banged his head against the wall. He suffered injuries in his eyes and neck.

Teacher Booked for Beating Class 4 Student

In March, a teacher was booked for brutally beating a student of 4th class in Sialkot. Police said that teacher Jawad Hassan allegedly beat Muzammil Hussain, 12, with a stick at Government High School Chaprar. The child received injuries on his back, arms, and legs.

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Maar Nahi Pyaar

In 2013, Dawn reported that the Punjab School Education Department declared corporal punishment an offense on part of the teachers and brought many instructors to the book but regrettably, a significant proportion of officials, teachers, heads and even family members still support it.

In 2017, Daily Times reported that the public school teachers of Punjab had said that if teachers were not allowed to punish students against their mistakes, it would make them lazy and disturb academic environment of educational institutions.

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Criticizing the ‘Maar Nahi Pyar’ policy, Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) President Sajjad Akbar Kazmi had said that that ban on corporal punishment had made students lazy and sluggish.

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