New Delhi: Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal has termed as "callous" caning of a 13-year-old student of a leading school in Kolkata by its principal, allegedly driving the youth to commit suicide.
"I`m deeply disturbed.....In the 21st century, we are moving towards a culture of tolerance where children are our precious assets. They are the future of the country....We cannot treat our children in this callous fashion", Sibal said.
Speaking to a private TV news channel, Sibal stated that corporal punishment is prohibited under the Right to Education Act.
He said the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), which is probing the caning of Rouvanjit Rawla, would come out with its report soon and "I`m sure that some action will be taken".