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Corporal punishment: The Committee on the Right of the Child defines ‘corporal’ or ‘physical’ punishment as any punishment in which physical force is used with intent to cause some degree of pain or discomfort, however light. It involves hitting (‘smacking’, ‘slapping’, ‘spanking’) children with the hand or with an implement – whip, stick, belt, shoe, wooden spoon, etc. But it can also involve, for example, kicking, shaking or throwing children, scratching, pinching, burning, scalding or forced ingestion (for example, washing children’s mouths out with soap or forcing them to swallow hot spices).

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