Bill Approved to Ban Corporal Punishment in Islamabad

The Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights on Tuesday unanimously approved the Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Corporal Bill, 2021.

The Senate standing committee met here with acting chairperson Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar in the chair.

The Private Member’s Bill: “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill, 2021” which had been introduced by the committee chairman Senator Walid Iqbal and Senator Saadia Abbasi in Senate on Sept 27 was deliberated upon in detail.

Considering that the committee chairman was member-in-charge of the bill along with Senator Saadia Abbasi, Walid Iqbal excused himself from chairing the meeting to avoid conflict of interest.

The bill prohibited corporal punishment against children by any person or care institution, which included all types of education institutions including formal and non-formal, and religious both public and private, in child care institutions including foster care, rehabilitation centres and any other alternative care settings both public and private, as well as workplace.

The bill provided for comprehensive punishment for employees of child care institutions, educational institutions and workplace who were responsible for inflicting corporal punishment. These included major and minor penalties including dismissal from service.

The essence of the bill lays in the fact that a child has the right to be shown respect for his personality and individuality and should not be made subject to corporal punishment.

Ministry of Human Rights Secretary Inamullah Khan informed the committee that there were certain lacunas in the mechanism of the bill, which would cause hindrance in its implementation in the provinces.

However, the ministry would make efforts to extend the bill in the provinces.

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