Rouvanjit suicide probe: CNI questions panel's impartiality

Last Updated: Wed, Jun 23, 2010 11:19 hrs

Kolkata: The Church of North India, which runs the La Martinere School for Boys, has raised questions about the impartiality of the probe by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR ) into the Rauvanjit Rawla suicide case, saying it had been done with a "pre-conceived notion".

"The CNI strongly questions the role of the NCPCR probe team as the way they conducted the investigations makes it clear that they were working with a pre-conceived notion and that they were not impartial," executive committee member of the CNI Synod and the Kolkata Diocese Suman Biswas charged.

Rouvanit, a Class VIII student, committed suicide on February 12, four days after being caned by principal Sunirmal Chakravarthy for errant behaviour.

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Ashok Agarwal of the three-member NCPCR team that visited the school for three days from June 9 and interviewed a section of students and the principal, had said that he was not ruling out the possibility of humiliation and corporal punishment leading to Rouvanjit's suicide.

Pointing out that the NCPCR did neither speak to the teachers allegedly involved in the controversy nor recorded their views, Biswas accused the commission of conducting the investigations as per its "whims and fancies".

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