Alternative to Corporal Punishment

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Alternative to Corporal Punishment
corporal punishment

Spare the rod and spoil the child, so the saying goes but the question is, can inflicting pain or bodily harm on an individual change his or her psyche to become a better person?

Is there an alternative to corporal punishment?

Corporal or physical punishment is a punishment intended to cause physical pain on a person.

It is most often practiced on minors, especially in home and school settings.

Common method is the use of cain, whip or other object to inflict pain on a person.

It has also been used on adults, particularly on prisoners, enslaved person and religious practices.

This act is a common practice in Africa for corrective measures in some instance, while it had been eliminated from the legal systems of most developed countries with the introduction of human right laws.

This practice had sometimes led to death or permanent disability.

An example in Nigeria, was the case of a secondary school teacher in Zamfara state who allegedly flogged a student to death.

Also recently in Gombe state, a twelve year old boy had his two hands amputated after the punishment his teacher meted on him for allegedly stealing a phone led to the cessation of blood flow to his hands.

But is there other ways of making an individual a better person rather than inflicting pain on them?

To a Psychologist, Dr Olugbenga Ayana, who is the head of Department, Educational, Psychology and Counseling, corporal punishment could affect an individual negatively.

Dr Ayana also highlighted some punishment that could be applied on a person instead of inflicting physical pain.

Some residents of Ibadan however agreed that though punishment should not be ruled out in correction process, people should be mindful not to apply what could have lasting negative memories on the individual.

Jeffrey Ahonmisi

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