Do We Truly Believe in Non-Violence?

A popular newspaper reported that in a recent survey conducted among 700 school teachers, an overwhelming 70 per cent admitted to using some form of ‘corporal punishment’ .i.e physical forms of punishment despite knowing that such forms of punishments are banned.


What is more disturbing is the fact that most teachers surveyed also believed that violence was the ‘only’ way to discipline children. What is shocking is that a school principal was quoted as saying that some parents are known to approach teachers asking them to punish children.


In the recent past, we have all seen, discussed and criticised the treatment meted out to a 3-year-old girl by her caregiver for not being able to recollect numbers. All of us have expressed shock at the recent episode of a teacher slapping a student 40 times because he has missed to answer the roll call.


If as a society we all are against violence in any form, how is it that there are so many cases of violence emerging from homes and schools?


Have you seen this happen in schools near you?


How can we, as parents, help the situation?


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