Hitting in the seminaries – a myth or a reality?

“It has become a norm to beat children in madrassahs, small children suffer at the hands of their teachers and some of them are severely beaten just because they are not performing,” says Abdur Rehman Hashmi, who runs a small Madrasah in Lahore. He continues further; “I make sure such incidents don’t happen in my madrassah because madrassahs are supposed to provide you with a safe place and monitor it, I appointed Salman who keeps an eye on every teacher and how he is doing treats students who come to learn din. No doubt there are good madrasahs and good teachers, who provide you with a safe environment.

Beatings in Madrasahs are increasing day by day and there are many cases in different Madrasahs where no one is held accountable for committing such acts.

15-year-old Abdullah has a heartbreaking story to share. He recounts the incident when he was badly beaten by one of his teachers in Madrassah and had no one to save him except Allah. “I forgot to memorize my homework and the next day when I walked in I sat in front of my homeroom teacher he asked me to recite the part I was given as my homework, to which I told him that i couldn’t get ready due to a high fever but the way he answered broke me he took out the stick and started hitting me on the back he asked me to turn around which I did out of respect, but he wouldn’t stop. He kept hitting me and then asked me to open my hands and hit myself with the steel scales on my hands. It was painful , very painful”, Abdullah had tears in his eyes and after taking a long breath, he continued “It was painful, but I had so much respect for my teacher that I thought it was okay but it started to happen frequently and my teacher hit me on little things and all I could do was bear the pain in silence until what one fine day my mother saw me crying because of the pain and i told her, showed her my back and my parents finally decided to stop sending me to this madrassah, i don’t want to mention the name but it is a harsh reality that so many children suffer at the hands of their teachers.

Students are afraid to take the names of their teachers and especially their madrasahs because they fear that if they divulge the names they will have more problems. It is sad to see little children being threatened, beaten and beaten by Madrassah teachers when they have just come to learn from you a beautiful religion which teaches you peace and love. How on earth can these teachers set an example for the students who come to them? How can they teach them to be a better Muslim?

There are several homes that have such stories, but they are afraid to talk about them because the rigor they face from their teachers is such that they are afraid deep down. But then some parents justify it by saying that their child will learn from his mistakes and never repeat them. These people are the reason we as a society are failing. “The day we stand up together as a society and raise our voice against this issue of knocking in the madrassahs is the day we will all win. This must stop. It is a reality and we should not turn our face from it, we should defend little children who are afraid to talk about it, there should be a proper system in Madrassah and if something like this happens there should be have a punishment for such people. They deserve it,” says Abdul Rehman Hashmi.

Where in the world do we see children beaten so badly that they bleed? Where in the world do we see students so punished that they are asked to open their hands and the teacher can freely hit them? It gets so bad. This is not a myth but a reality and it must definitely stop. The sad truth is that only 10% of these cases are reported and many of these cases go unreported or uncovered due to fear of their teachers. That is why there are no statistics available on the number of children who suffer from it in the Madrassahs of Lahore.

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