Kolkata’s La Martiniere abetted student’s suicide: NCPCR

Last Updated: Fri, Jun 11, 2010 09:37 hrs

Kolkata: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has held La Martiniere – a premier boy’s school in Kolkata – responsible for the suicide of its student Rouvanjit Rawla and stated that the environment in the school was ‘not suitable’ for children.
An eight standard student, Rouvanjit had hanged himself on February 12 this year and his parents have alleged that their son was driven to the extreme step after being repeatedly subjected to humiliation at the hands of the teachers at school.

The NCPCR, which conducted its own enquiry even as the police is also investigating independently, has concluded that corporal punishments were a norm at the school though West Bengal had banned such punishment a couple of years back, media reports, quoting a NCPCR source, said on Friday.
The commission is expected to submit a report in New Delhi soon.
The probing team has also reportedly found the ‘environment at La Martiniere not suitable for children’, the source was quoted as stating.
Meanwhile, the school’s principal Sunirmal Chakravarti has reportedly confessed before Kolkata bishop Ashok Biswas – who heads the Church of North India that runs the school – of canning the child but has defended his action, the NCPCR source said.
Charavarti was reportedly non-repentant on his action and had even sought to justify the ‘spare-the-rod-and-spoil-the-child’ philosophy by claiming it to be an effective tool to discipline children.
Rouvanjit’s family has filed a complaint against Chakravarti and four other teachers, accusing them of misbehaving with their son and torturing him.

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