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End Corporal Punishment in Pakistan’s Schools

Expand A boy passes by a classroom in a school in Qutbal, Pakistan, October 13, 2009. © 2009 AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini Hunain Bilal, a 17-year-old student in Lahore, had failed to memorize a lesson at school. As punishment, his teacher “punched him repeatedly, grabbed his hair and hit his head against the wall,” according to accounts from fellow students. Hunain died later that day, September 5. Hunain’s classmates said that the teacher, who now faces criminal charges, had a history of beating students and had been fired from the school, but was rehired again six months later. Hunain’s…

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