La Martiniere snubs child rights panel
Authorities at Kolkata’s prestigious La Martiniere for Boys school have refused to follow the recommendation of the National Commission For Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and suspend its principal Sunirmal Chakravarthi.
The refusal came after the school expressed its readiness to cooperate with a team of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development that landed at La Martiniere on Wednesday.
The HRD ministry team asked the school to submit its own internal enquiry report on class VIII student Rouvanjit Rawla’s suicide on February 12.
Rouvanjit’s father had filed a first information report with the police on June 7, alleging that physical and mental torture by the principal and four teachers drove his son to suicide.
The child rights panel had in its report to the HRD ministry on June 22 recommended suspension of the principal and his prosecution.
“The school is not bound to follow the recommendations of the NCPCR. The police investigation is on and we don’t see any reason to remove him unless the government gives us a similar suggestion,” said Supriya Dhar, secretary of the school’s board of governors.
Ramesh Bhattacharjee, a member of the ministry team said, “We would also meet Rouvanjit’s parents. We are looking at both sides of the case.”