Kolkata: A Sessions Court in the city deferred its decision - till Jan 31 - on whether La` Martiniere School`s Principal and three other accused be charged for abetment to suicide in the Rouvanjit Rawla case.
13-year-old Rouvanjit hanged himself in February 2010 -- a couple of days after he was caned by his Principal in school for pulling off pranks in the classroom.
Rouvanjit’s parents had approached the court seeking the slapping of Section 305 of the IPC on Principal Sunirmal Chakraborty and three other teachers after the police had failed to add abetment to suicide as one of the charges against them in their chargesheet.
Section 305 of the Indian Penal Code talks about abetment to suicide and says that if any person under 18 years of age commits suicide, whoever abets the commission of such an act, shall be punished with death or imprisonment for life.
Currently the accused have been booked under Section 323 of the IPC which pertains to voluntarily causing hurt.
Although Chakraborty admitted to the caning and tendered apology, the school had all along maintained that the two incidents were unrelated.