Human rights ministry averse to corporal punishment, IHC told
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Human Rights has asserted its opposition to corporal punishment in a reply submitted before the Islamabad High Court.
A divisional bench headed by Chief Justice Athar Minallah previously suspended Section 89 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and banned corporal punishment to children by parents, guardians and teachers. The order is applicable in the federal territory only and came on a plea filed by singer and activist Shehzad Roy.
In its reply, the human rights ministry appraised the high court about the delay in The Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill 2019. The bill was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Legislative Cases (CCLC) and the federal cabinet last year on March 12 and 19 respectively.
But the Law and Justice Division had pointed out that the bill did not fall under the domain of the human rights ministry – it fell under the Ministry of Interior.