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Rauvanjit case: WB govt to take action after legal opinion

The West Bengal government will soon decide on the Rauvanjit Rawla suicide case as it taking legal opinion on its jurisdiction over private unaided schools, the National Commission for Child Rights has said.

kolkata Updated: Aug 28, 2010 19:54 IST

The West Bengal government will soon decide on the Rauvanjit Rawla suicide case as it taking legal opinion on its jurisdiction over private unaided schools, the National Commission for Child Rights has said.

"The Commission inquired of the government about action being taken by the Education department and the police on its recommendations regarding the (Rauvanjit) case. The government indicated it was seeking legal opinion on its jurisdiction over private unaided schools," NCPCR chairperson Shanta Sinha told a press conference here.

The government had assured the Commission that it would take appropriate action once the legal position was clear, Sinha said.

In her interaction with the government, Sinha gave the Commission's view that in accordance with the Calcutta High Court order which prohibited the caning of children in all schools, the government had jurisdiction and responsibility to implement the court orders.

Besides, the RTE Act also prohibited corporal punishment in all schools and it was the responsibility of the state to implement the act, she said.

Sinha said she had told the government to proceed in a time bound manner in implementing the recommendations of the Commission. "We have told the government that it has to take the matter to a logical conclusion."

According to Sinha, she had been assured by the Kolkata Police during interactions that it would submit its final investigation into Rauvanjit's case to the Commission within two weeks from now.

"The police have told us that the report will be published and submitted to the Commission along with the charges framed under the relevant sections relating to the corporal punishment under the Juvenile Justice Act, the IPC and the West Bengal Children's Act," she said.

Rauvanjit, a class VIII student of La Martinere School for Boys committed suicide on February 12, days after he was caned by school principal Sunirmal Chakraborty.

After an inquiry, the Commission concluded that Rauvanjit had indeed committed suicide after the caning and recommended that the Principal, along with the middle school Head LG Gunion, be removed. It also recommended a stop in the salary salary increments of three teachers.

The La Martinere authorities, however, slammed the NCPCR saying that the recommendations were in violation of the NCPCR Act as well as the principles of natural justice.

La Martinere board secretary Supriyo Dhar said that since the findings of the Commission inquiry team had not been given to the board, it could not act on the recommendations.

When asked about the view of the La Martinere board, Sinha said that as a statutory body, the Commission was not answerable to the school. "We are answerable only to the Parliament."