La Martiniere bans corporal punishment
Kolkata: Fighting to uphold the prestige of the 174-year-old institution, La Martiniere’s board of governors on Friday decided to ban all forms of corporal punishment in the school.
The decision has come in the wake of 13-year-old student Rouvanjit Rawla`s death, who had committed suicide after allegedly being “humiliated and beaten” in school.
As per the amended rules, any teacher who inflicts any sort of physical punishments like caning, slapping and others sorts that are banned by law, will have to face strict disciplinary action - minimum being suspension and the maximum would be dismissal of service.
The school has also decided to set up a redressal committee within ten days, through which students can air their grievances, if any.
The Principal of the school, Sunirmal Chakraborty, has already apologized for having caned the student, but claimed the incident at the school cannot be and should not be connected with the boy’s suicide.
Rouvanjit’s father has filed a police complaint against the Principal and four other teachers for allegedly driving his son to suicide. The Kolkata Police is yet to reveal details about its investigation.
On the other hand, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), which is also looking into the case, is due to release its report on the issue shortly.
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