The principal and three teachers of La Martiniere for Boys, Kolkata, one of the best known schools in the country, will face trial for abetting the suicide of 13-year-old Rouvanjit Rawla, a Class VIII student at their school.
They will be charged under Section 305 of the IPC, in which the punishment is either death or life imprisonment or 10 years' imprisonment.
Rouvanjit hanged himself on February 12 last year days after he was allegedly severely caned by the principal and these teachers.
Chief Judge Dipak Saha Ray of the city sessions court on Monday rejected the appeal of La Martiniere principal Sunirmal Chakravarthi, the head of middle school LG Ganian, and two other teachers of the school, David Ryon and Partha Dutta against the abetment to suicide charge and directed them to appear on February 3 to face trial."This will send the message that tyrannical teachers cannot get away by hitting children and throwing their social weight when caught," said Rouvanjit's father Ajay Rawla.
"Unless our teachers are proven guilty in court they will remain innocent and will continue to work at the school," said Supriyo Dhar, secretary of the board of governors, La Martiniere.
Chakravarthi and the teachers had been arrested in October last year after Rouvanjit's father Ajay Rawla lodged a case against them for causing his son's death. But the police charged them under milder penal sections, which did not include Section 305, enabling them to get bail the same day.
However, when hearings began in November, the magistrate assigned to hear the case decided that Section 305 ought to be used. Under Section 305, any person under 18 years of age commits suicide, whoever abets the commission of such suicide, shall be punished with death or imprisonment for life or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years.