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‘Embarrassing children in public by school authorities is an offence’

The panel said in case a child was humiliated in front of other kids, police should register a case against the perpetrators. "Embarrassing a child in public will cause mental agony and lower the self-esteem of a child and is a gross violation of his rights and is an offence," a division bench said.

By: PTI | Thiruvananthapuram | December 12, 2020 11:17:08 am
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Embarrassing a child in public or in the school assembly is a gross violation of child rights and should be treated as an offence, the Kerala State Child Rights Commission has said.

The order was issued on Thursday on a complaint filed against a school in Wayanad district for allegedly humiliating a nine-year-old boy in front of the school assembly for sporting a particular hairstyle. It directed the Director of General Education, Regional Director of the CBSE, and the ICSE Secretary to ensure that such incidents are not repeated in any schools.

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The panel said in case a child was humiliated in front of other kids, police should register a case against the perpetrators. “Embarrassing a child in public will cause mental agony and lower the self-esteem of a child and is a gross violation of his rights and is an offence,” a division bench of the panel comprising K Nazeer and B Babitha said.

“The complaint said that the third standard student was suspended for three days after being scolded in front of an 800-member strong school assembly by showing his hairstyle,” the commission said in a release. It observed that even though the school principal has the authority to maintain the discipline of the institution, the action should be taken in proportion to the gravity of the indiscipline.

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