It is called “Uthak-Baithak” in Hindi. And yes, the Uthak-Baithak (Sit-Ups) sazaa is not just a form of punishment. Learn the scientific reasons behind this ancient old form of punishment.
What is Uthak-Baithak (Sit-ups) Punishment?
The Uthak-Baithak (Sit-ups) punishment is a form of punishment given in schools of the Indian subcontinent, especially in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. In this punishment, Holding earlobes and one has to sit down and stand up continuously and count the number of sit-ups called ‘uthak baithak’. It is a common punishment in schools. Generally, students are asked to perform this with holding their ears with hands. For humiliation, it is done in front of other students but this punishment has a root since Gurukul times and it’s usually given to weak students only.
There are many forms of this punishment:
The student will do sit-ups holding his ears. The hands should be ninety degrees with the body. Also, he/she has to count loudly with every step. If the count is not hearable the term will repeat. Every term he/she has to sit fully so that his back touch the heals and to stand straight.
The punished will hold his/her left year with right hand and right ear with the left hand. This may cause hardness and humiliation to the punishment. It is famous mostly.
There will be more than one student and they will hold ears of one another and do the situps. This makes the punishment more hard as the punished have to take the weight of others. Also, criss-cross ear holding can be applied here. Then it will be extra hard to complete.
Sit-ups Touching Heals
This variant is used with the simple situps. Here the punished’s heals should touch one another. This will cause friction between the knees for that he/she can fall. Criss-cross ear holding can be applied here.
Doing Sit-ups in the sun, Canning in every step, Sit-ups with leaving tough are other types of punishment.
What is Basic Science Behind this Punishment?
This punishment posture helps in increasing the blood flow in the left and right side of the brain which results in activation of our memory cells of the brain. It also improves the functioning of the brain, stimulates the neuro paths of a person.
While when you hold the earlobes, this presses the essential acupressure points. This helps in making one sharper. It improves and helps children who are suffering from autism and other learning disabilities.
Although this punishment is against the human rights and not practiced now at all in the Indian modern schools, we should try this old scientific punishment techniques in the form of exercise by our own around 15-20 times once we get up from bed this technique really helps to activate body and feel energetic.
Currently, most of the developed country adapted this technique in the form of an “exercise” on the recommendation of Doctors and it’s implemented successfully in their school but they have modernized this old punishment technique with the new name of “Super Brain Yoga”. In the USA People is crazy to learn this technique and there is special workshop is conducted by paying the price.
We can confidently now say that this is an exercise technique which discovered by Indian’s thousand year ago and made a part of Indian classroom Tradition.