Corpun file 19055
Times of India, Delhi, 16 February 2007
Sale of cane goes on unabated
HYDERABAD: Times are a-changin and the adage, spare the rod
and spoil the child doesn't hold good anymore. Try telling that
to some of the small shops tucked away in a corner of the city,
who are oblivious to the ban that the Andhra Pradesh government
imposed on corporal punishment in all educational institutions in
Take Karim (name changed) for instance, who is awaiting for the
new school sessions to start. No, he isn't a harassed parent,
he's talking plain simple business.
Karim sells canes, besides various other things in his little
shop in Lad Bazar. "Once the new sessions begin, teachers
come and take canes to beat up children. Government and private
schools as well as individuals who take tuitions, come and take
these canes from us."
His help in the 100-year-old shop points out that when sales pick
up, they sell up to 150 canes in a day. "But even on a daily
basis, I think we sell 2 to 3 canes."
And no, his is not the only shop that sells these canes that come
all the way from Kolkata.
Ask any person in a bangle shop in Lad Bazar and he'll tell
you the shops where you can pick up these canes. From thin
unpolished ones that come for Rs 15 to polished ones which are
more sturdy and come at around Rs 30, you can have your pick.
"Try this one, it has a better grip" says a shop owner
who doesn't have a board but boasts of the best prices.
"See, it can hit very well. It leaves a mark that stays for
at least half-an-hour." says another shop owner
demonstrating the effects of a cane on his arm.
Obviously, these men are ignorant about the kind of impressions
these sticks can leave on a child's psychology.
Nor are they aware of the ban. But, they are not the only ones
to blame. Since there are takers for their canes, they sell them.
But whether beating up children is good or bad, is a question
obviously no one is stopping to answer.
Dr P Swathi, counselling psychologist and secretary, Hyderabad
Psychologists Association says:
"Childhood is the basic foundation of anyone's life. A child
who is beaten up, normally becomes very withdrawn. And then, its
these children who grow up with problems. They either harm
themselves as grown-ups by becoming suicidal, hurting themselves
or end up being wife beaters, parents who beat up their children
or just anxious individuals. Somewhere there is pent up
aggression that stays."
Researcher Elizabeth Gershoff in a 2002 meta-analytic study that
combined 60 years of research on corporal punishment, found that
the only positive outcome of corporal punishment was immediate
Maya Sukumaran, headmistress of Gitanjali High School couldn't
agree more. "Even if the child listens to you, its only
momentary. After a while, he/she becomes defiant.
The child knows that the most anyone can do is hit. So if you are
actually trying to scare the child, you are defeating the whole
process because after a while, the child is not even
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