Scolding children publicly becomes an offence in Kerala; Child Rights Commission issues order
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Child Rights Commission has issued an order that scolding or humiliating children publicly is an offence. In the order, the Commission noted that making children apologise publicly will be also considered as an offence.
If children violate discipline, action should be taken as per the law. If necessary, the assistance of police can be sought, said the order issued by a bench of Child Rights Commission including K Nazeer and B Babitha.
The Commission issued the order while considering the complaint against Mananthavady St. Patrick's School. As per the complaint, a 3rd standard student was humiliated during the school assembly over his hair cut. The 9-year-old student was insulted at the assembly and suspended for three days.
The principal has the right to take action to ensure discipline. But the humiliating and scolding the children publically would harm his/her self-esteem. This would be considered as an offence and violation of children’s rights, observed the Commission.
The Child Rights Commission instructed the director of General Education, CBSE regional officer and ICSE secretary to take necessary action to avoid such incidents in future.