Suhakam calls for corporal punishment in schools to be scrapped

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 27 Apr 2017

PETALING JAYA: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has renewed calls to abolish corporal punishment in schools following the death of 11-year-old schoolboy Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gadaffi, who was allegedly abused.

"Suhakam wishes to remind the Government that corporal punishment is a violation of a child's rights under the Convention of the Rights of the Child," Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail (pic) said in a statement Thursday.

He added that corporal punishment violates a child's rights under the convention because it constitutes violence that causes physical and mental harm, suffering, and conflicts with the child's human dignity and the right of the child to physical integrity.

"Suhakam accordingly calls on the Government to reform laws to introduce a clear ban on all forms of violence against children."

Razali said Thaqif's tragic case should serve as a reminder to the Government that corporal punishment in schools must be eliminated as any form of physical violence against a child negatively impacts their lives.

The commission also questioned the lack of legal procedures or a child protection policy for all schools to check on potential staff before they are allowed to work with children.

Thaqif was reportedly abused repeatedly by an assistant warden at a religious school.

The culprit was reported to be an ex-convict.

"Background checks must be mandatory for all persons intending to work with children as this will identify if the potential employee has a criminal record suggesting that they may pose a threat of physical or sexual violence against children," said Razali.
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