8-year-old boy allegedly tortured to death by seminary teacher

KARACHI Jan. 22 (TNS): In the latest incident of corporal punishment on children, an eight-year-old boy died after he was allegedly beaten up by a seminary teacher in the city’s Bin Qasim Town.

The local police said the child was meted out harsh punishment first by his family members and then by the teacher for not going to a seminary for religious lessons.

His parents alleged their son was subjected to torture by his teacher, which resulted in his death. However, they seemed to be reluctant to seek legal action against the teacher.

Following the death of the minor boy, his family members and the residents of the area caught the teacher and handed him over to the police.

No further details could be obtained immediately about the child.

In 2013, the National assembly unanimously adopted a bill stipulating punishment for the person found guilty of beating up children.

The bill was aimed at discouraging the practice of inflicting severe punishments on children in schools and seminaries in the country.



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