Child rights body finds school guilty in Rouvanjit suicide case
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has ruled that Rouvanjit Rawla was driven to suicide by La Martiniere -- Kolkata's top boy's school -- even as the West Bengal government said it can not step in.kolkata Updated: Jun 11, 2010 13:37 IST
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has ruled that Rouvanjit Rawla was driven to suicide by La Martiniere -- Kolkata's top boy's school even as the West Bengal government said it can not step in.
The NCPCR concluded that corporal punishments were a norm at the school as alleged by Rouvanjit's parents. The commission is expected to submit a report in New Delhi.
According to Ashok Agarwal, a probe committee member, the environment at La Martiniere is not suitable for children.
Rouvanjit committed suicide on Febuary 12, 2010, by hanging himself. A class 8 student, Rouvanjit was forced to take this drastic step after months of humiliation, allegedly at the hands of his teachers.
Rouvanjit's family has filed a complaint against four teachers and principal Sunirmal Chakravarti, accusing them of misbehaving with their son and torturing him.
It has been four days since the complaint but no action has been taken yet.
The school has been sacking those who question the ways of the teaching staff. When two of the school board members sought an internal probe, they were removed from their post.
Meanwhile, a panel of National Commission for Minority Education also visited the school but could not meet anyone.
A panel member said that the school management was informed well in advance but there was no one to meet.