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Pakistan Officially Banned Physical Punishment for Students

The federal government imposes a complete ban on physical punishment.

The ‘Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Physical Punishment on students, 2022’ was successfully introduced by the ministry of Federal Education.

Three years ago, a law was passed with the intention of outlawing corporal punishment in both public and private schools.

The rule prohibiting physical punishment in schools in the federal capital. Where has reportedly been applied in all public and private schools. According to representatives of civil society who have been campaigning for it.

The Parliamentary Caucus on Child Rights and UNICEF Pakistan both provided assistance for the event. Which was held at the Islamabad Model College for Girls (IMCG), F-10/2.

The opening event was wrapped up with a moving play performed by kids that emphasised how important it is to stop using corporal punishment and create caring settings for the next generation.

The National Commission for Child Rights’ Chairwoman, Ayesha Raza Farooq, the Director of Sweet Homes Orphanage, Zamurad Khan, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training representatives, Ministry of Law & Justice representatives, members of civil society, media, dignitaries, stakeholders, and schoolchildren all actively participated in the launch ceremony.

Rana Tanveer Hussain, Federal Minister of Education and Professional Training, emphasised the significance of these legislation during the inauguration in order to protect children’s rights and promote a culture free from violence.

In order to successfully apply these regulations and create a setting where every child is safe and nurtured, he urged everyone to work together.

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Azam Nazeer Tarar, the federal minister of law and justice says emphasised that morality and values cannot be upheld through threats of punishment or compulsion while still recognising that this was a positive development. Tarar vowed to support any upcoming laws and efforts pertaining to children’s rights.

The introduction of the “Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Rules, 2022” marks an important turning point in the ongoing campaign to safeguard kids in the capital territory from physical punishment.

These extensive regulations are covered by the “Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Act, 2021” and go into force right now.

They show how dedicated the government and other parties are to protecting children’s safety and doing away with corporal punishment.

Mehnaz Akber Aziz, convener of the parliamentary child rights caucus and parliamentary secretary for law and justice, emphasised the profound influence these laws have had on children’s lives.

She emphasised that the launch is an important step towards safeguarding kids and providing them with secure environments for their growth and development.

Aziz expressed hope that the regulations would encourage the 2.4 million children who are now not in school to do so. She thanked Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the Federal Ministers of Education and Law.

The UNICEF official in Pakistan, Abdullah A. Fadil, emphasised the immediate and long-term harm that corporal punishment has on children.

He urged everyone to work together to support the Act so that all children in Pakistan can learn and grow in a secure setting that upholds their rights and dignity.

The president of Zindagi Trust, Shehzad Roy, underlined his commitment to promoting national awareness of this issue and emphasised the need to alter parents’ and educators’ perspectives on it.

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