Makkala Nyaya Makkala Rakshanae: Corporal Punishment of Children is Punishable by Law

In this episode of Makkala Nyaya Makkala Rakshanae, Lakshmi Prasanna speaks about corporal punishment. The Juvenile Justice Act, under Section 2, sub-section 24, speaks about corporal punishment. As per law, corporal punishment includes all punishments a child may be subjected to, and people responsible for the punishment can be booked for Corporal Punishment. This is a child-friendly system that has been introduced in the law. To initiate this law, the Government must come up with a District Child Protection Unit (DCPU). Units/organisations which will work for the protection of children will have to be initiated for this purpose.

In the words of the act:

“Every State Government shall constitute a Child Protection Society for the State and Child Protection Unit for every District, consisting of such officers and other employees as may be appointed by that Government, to take up matters relating to children with a view to ensure the implementation of this Act, including the establishment and maintenance of institutions under this Act, notification of competent authorities in relation to the children and their rehabilitation and co-ordination with various official and non-official agencies concerned and to discharge such other functions as may be prescribed.”

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