Corporal punishment
By Sir Frank Peters, Letter to The Daily Star, Bangladesh, August 1, 2010

History Changes

Bangladesh is beginning to command the spotlight on the world stage, for all the right reasons.

We first witnessed Musa Ibrahim, conquer the majestic Mount Everest and become a national hero. This was followed by the Bangladesh Cricket Team's victory over England, another great moral booster for all Bangladeshis worldwide.

The Golden Trophy award, however, has to go to Barrister Sara Houssain of Dr. Kamal Hossain Chambers and Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) and Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) for their achievement last week in abolishing corporal punishment in Bangladesh schools.

They're the latest national heroes. They may never get even a "thank you" from the millions of present and future schoolchildren who will no longer have to endure such inhumane cruelty, or reap a tangible reward of any kind, but sometimes just knowing within you've done the right thing is ample reward in itself.

They and the eminent High Court judges have created a new dawn and changed the course of history from which Bangladesh will prosper enormously thenceforth.


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