Prevention of Physical and Humiliating Punishment at Urban Slum and Work

settings (PPHP)


In Bangladesh, violence against children is a common phenomenon. The situation is

worse in the slums and work settings in the city of Chittagong. Children are often

victimized in family, community, institution and even on work settings in various forms

of violence like physical and humiliating punishment and or corporal punishment.

People migrate from rural to urban areas in search of economic opportunities, not in

search of social services. Such services are virtually non existent in slums and the

condition are much worse than in rural communities. Slums are characterized byfactors including poor housing, very high population density and the low socioeconomic

status of residents who have no security of tenure. The root causes of

violence are poverty, lack of education, lack of sensitization, negligence of

parents/caregivers & duty bearers. Slums are mostly over crowded and there are

dearth of common amenities like health hygiene, water and sanitation leading to

environmental degradation. Slums lack even the most essential facilities associated

with urban life such as running water, sewerage system, latrines, waste disposal

services and electricity.

MAMATA-PPHP project has started with lofty goal on 1st June 2013 in order to reduce

physical and humiliating punishment at urban slum and work settings in the Chittagong

City Corporation Area. As per project guideline, we have identified 20 work settings and

20 Slums in considering accomplishment of immediate objectives’ indicators. By

getting enormous effort of MAMATA management we the PPHP team have been

working to complete the project activities successfully since June 2013 and nearly we

are going to achieve up to the mark. Now 10 ECCD centre are functioning properly and

629 children are attending classes and participating in extra curricular activities.