UDATED : Head teacher kills boy who answered back
Updated with some facts from US on corporal punishment
Another story from India on school's abusing pupil's rights this coming at atime when some in the UK are asking for the return of corporal punishment in British schools blaming anti-social behaviour and violent crime by young people on a lack of discipline in schools.
This is one of several stories from India on similar issues including:
350 pupils imprisoned in India
Wherever corporal punishment is allowed by law then children are at risk from bullying teachers and this is not only in India.
Corporal punishment is illegal in UK schools but remains legal in 23 US states with according to figures released in August by the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education 13 states using corporal punishment frequently. These states are: Missouri, Kentucky, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida. In the school year 2006/2007 more than 200,000 children received corporal punishment including spanking and paddling.
NP's Dave Keating highlighted this report in August see it here.
An 11-year-old boy has been beaten to death by his headmaster in the Indian state of Bihar – the third child to be beaten to death by a teacher in India this year.
Gyan Ranjan, who had been a pupil at Holy Mission Children's Academy in Rajepur for just over a month, died last Friday after he was punished for answering back to one of his teachers.
The school initially tried to cover up the murder and claimed Gyan had committed suicide. However, local villagers became suspicious and alerted the boy's family.
Police begun a murder investigation following a complaint from the boy's father, and the headteacher, Uday Kumar Sharan, along with two other teachers, has since gone into hiding.
Many children's rights campaigners believe reported deaths are merely 'the tip of the iceberg' and that severe physical abuse is endemic in Indian schools.