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The outrage perpetrated In Bangladesh against headmaster Shyamal Kanti Bhakta, who was beaten by a mob and forced to do squats while holding his ears for allegedly insulting Islam, is unfortunate to say the least. The entire country's show of solidarity with this man is proof that Bangladesh is not a fundamentalist country. However, one "tiny" detail seemed to have gotten lost in the din.
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Nearly eight out of ten eight-year-old children in India, who were interviewed for a study on corporal punishment, said they had been hit, and nine out of ten reporting that they had seen someone else...
My daughter Pihu's first day at a nearby day care centre was a disaster. The teacher could not handle her crying, my number was not reachable and by the time I arrived, the clueless teacher shouted at her. My girl fell into my arms, crying. "I want to go home," she said between sobs. This incident took me back to the time when I was a timid 8-year-old girl who'd get bullied almost every day and was once mercilessly battered by a teacher in primary school.