“Corporal punishment has been banned under Section-17 of the RTE Act”
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) under the authority of Ministry of Women & Child Development has developed and issued Guidelines for Eliminating Corporal Punishment in schools.
The Guidelines state constitution of Special Monitoring Cells to take prompt action in cases of physical punishment or harassment of children.
They also suggest that Corporal Punishment Monitoring Cells (CPMCs) should hear grievances related to corporal punishment within 48 hours of the occurrence.
The guidelines suggest that school teachers should provide a written undertaking that they would not engage in any action that could be construed as amounting to physical punishment, mental harassment or discrimination.
It also says that schools should have annual social audits of physical punishment, harassment and discrimination.