Assembly passes bill to ban corporal punishment against children in Islamabad.
Violence against children in all educational institutions and workplaces will be prohibited, the bill states.
According to the bill, corporal punishment refers to punishment that involves the use of physical force. It also details the forms of violence used against children that will be considered illegal henceforth.
Injury of any kind will be considered corporal punishment, says the bill. Slapping children, whipping them, beating them with sticks, shoes, wood or spoons is violence, according to the bill.
Shaking them, biting them, grabbing them by the hair, or pulling their ears is violence, the bill adds.
Keeping children in painful situations is torture, as is pouring boiling water on them.
Child abuse, humiliation, defamation, intimidation and terrorising of children are all punishable, says the bill.
It has also defined what constitutes an educational institute and what can be considered a workplace.
An educational institute is a place which provides any traditional or non-traditional education. A workplace refers to a compound or room where an organisation or employer works, the bill states.
The child has the right to have his or her personality and individuality respected, the bill has underscored.
Violence against children will lead to demotion, suspension, dismissal, or forced retirement, it warns.
The perpetrator of child abuse will not be eligible for a job in the future, according to the bill.
Bill bans all forms of corporal punishment at workplaces, in all types of educational institutions, seminaries, child care institutions including foster care & rehabs.