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'Corporal punishment rampant in La Martiniere'

Agencies  New Delhi, June 14, 2010
First Published: 08:13 IST(14/6/2010) | Last Updated: 13:12 IST(14/6/2010)

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) probe panel has ruled that Rouvanjit Rawla was driven to suicide by high degree of humiliation by his school, especially on the day of his suicide, media reports said.

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A NCPCR probe panel set up to look into the suicide of La Martiniere class 8 student Rouvanjit on February 12, 2010 found that corporal punishment was a norm at the school as alleged by Rouvanjit's parents, Headlines Today reported.

The NCPCR probe panel report said that it had evidence to prove corporal punishment rampant in school. The report also suggested serious discrepancies with the functioning of the school, asking for the principal Sunirmal Chakravarthy and three senior teachers to be sacked.

The NCPCR report also admonished the West Bengal government for failing to implement ban on corporal punishment and for failing to act on time. Corporal punishment had been banned by the Calcutta High Court since 2004.

Media reports also suggest a friend of Rouvanjit was dismissed from school after principal Chakravarthy was "displeased" with the boy's posts against corporal punishment on a social networking website.

Meanwhile several La Martiniere ex-students have come out in defence of their alma mater saying that they do not recollect any such incident occurring.


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