Kolkata: The Church of North India (CNI)`s
Kolkata Diocese, which runs La Martinere School for Boys here,
today claimed the caning of Rouvanjit Rawla by the Principal
had no connection with the student`s suicide.
"Taking into account all that has happened, we would
request the media not to link the caning of Rouvanjit with
his suicide," executive member of the CNI Synod and Diocesese
of Kolkata Suman Biswas told PTI from Delhi.
Biswas said that after Rouvanjit was caned by Principal
Sunirmal Chakravarthy on February 8, he went home as a normal
child and even told his vice principal in a `laughing spirit`
that he could not be detained as the principal had already
punished him for the offence.
Rouvajit did not come to school for three days after the
caning and arrived on the fourth day with some stink bombs,
Biswas said. "If he was so much in deep anguish, pain and
humiliation after his caning, do you think he would have
played this kind of trick again in the class?"
He said Rouvanjit`s post-mortem report, as quoted in a
section of the media today, did not link the suicide with the
While apologising for the caning of Rouvanjit by the
school principal, Biswas said it was done as a disciplinary
action and not intended to hurt him physically.
He said corporal punishment, however, would not be
practised in any of the 32 educational institutions run by the
CNI Kolkata diocese.
He alleged some people were trying to use the incident
for their own benefit but declined to identify them. "I would
ask these people to leave their personal considerations and
stand behind the bereaved family of Rouvanjit."
CNI Bishop of Kolkata Rev Ashok Biswas was not available
for comment as he was abroad.