Corporal Punishment

Tokyo acts to stop corporal punishment after boy hangs himself

Ryuji Sonoda apologized in front of media. Photo: AFP

Under the proposed law, to be debated during the upcoming session of the Diet, corporal punishment by a teacher will be considered a form of bullying and schools will be required to report serious cases to their local governments.

Sunday, 3 February, 2013, 7:06am

Shock as lawmaker calls for return of caning on mainland

A national lawmaker has stirred up controversy by suggesting that the mainland should reintroduce caning to reduce crime, even though the practice was abandoned in China more than 100 years ago.

31 Jan 2013 - 4:22am

Singapore-style caning effective as crime deterrent, says NPC delegate

More than 30 countries worldwide have judicial corporal punishment but China is not one of them - yet. Photo: AP

Chen Weicai, head of the Guangzhou Public Security Bureau’s political affairs department, said on Tuesday during an NPC session that “strict punishment” was needed to solve rising crime in the city.

30 Jan 2013 - 12:52pm

School incidents highlight China's corporal punishment debate

Middle school students kneel in a playground. Picture: Screenshot from Weibo.

Corporal punishment in schools is still very much alive in many parts of China, particularly in the south.

While many see corporal punishment as a breach of children’s rights, others argue that it is an effective disciplinary tool.

Adding to the debate, two independent incidents that took place in Jiangxi and Wenzhou earlier this week caught media attention.

25 Jan 2013 - 3:45pm

Anti-abuse group calls for wider ban against child corporal punishment

Anti-abuse group calls for wider ban against child corporal punishment

A child welfare organisation has called for a law forbidding parents from inflicting corporal punishment on children, after reporting that the number of people seeking its help in the past year remained high.

16 Nov 2012 - 3:58am

Anger over flogging sentence on Maldives girl, 16, for pre-marital sex

A court in the Maldives has ordered a public flogging for a 16-year-old girl who confessed to having pre-marital sex, in a ruling that triggered criticism from rights groups yesterday.

5 Sep 2012 - 2:56am

Corporal punishment kills creativity

Many traditional Chinese families use corporal punishment to teach their children. They believe that once the pain is over, the lesson will be engraved on the child's mind and the mistake will not be repeated. It's an easy way of 'teaching' children right from wrong.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Book chain's 'rod of kind love' would go down a treat with daring couples

Call it tough love. Page One, the trendy book chain for yuppies, has a leather whip called 'the rod of kind love'. The whip, of which the end is shaped like a hand, sells for HK$25 and is labelled 'short', so apparently there is a 'long' whip as well. It is found among the Chinese-language children's books. That is one hell of a way to encourage kids to read!

27 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Have Your Say

Forget the past, think about the future

If you always yearn for past happiness, you will miss out on a lot of things.

Since you will be constantly thinking about the bygone days, your mind will be closed to the joy at hand.

25 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

First Person

Monday was global SpankOut Day. Against Child Abuse director Priscilla Lui Tsang Sun-kai recalls a painful lesson she learnt as a child and argues that Hong Kong needs a law against corporal punishment.

3 May 2007 - 12:00am

Tutor fined $2,000 for beating girl with wooden ruler

A tutor who beat a nine-year-old girl with a wooden ruler for not doing her homework was fined $2,000 yesterday.

22 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

talk back

Q Are young Hongkongers becoming more superstitious?

8 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Mainland parents are just not ready to spare the rod

Li Huifang is a self-assured 28-year-old accountant in a foreign-invested company in Shanghai. Much of her inner strength comes from surviving a childhood ruled by a father she describes as having the cruelty of a fascist.

From the time she was born until the moment she married, Ms Li was subject to the beatings and verbal abuse of her father. Her sin was to be born a girl.

10 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

'Time to get tough on data cheats'

Law to curb the doctoring of statistics lacks teeth: NPC official

A vice-chairman of the National People's Congress has called for an overhaul of the nation's Statistics Law to help stamp out the common practice of lower authorities fudging data reported to the central government.

25 Nov 2004 - 12:00am


Q Should the Victoria Park cats be saved?

17 Feb 2004 - 12:00am