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La Marts authorities refuse to sack principal for caning

Last Updated: Friday, June 18, 2010 - 00:28

Kolkata: The authorities of La Martiniere
for Boys` School today refused to sack its principal for
caning a student who allegedly committed suicide four days
later last February.

"There is no question of sacking the principal. He is
innocent unless proved guilty," secretary of the school
Supriyo Dhar said.

Rouvanjit Rawla, a Class VIII student of the school,
was caned by the school`s principal, Sunirmal Chakrabarthy,
for allegedly being indiscipline.

The father of the child had last week filed a police
complaint claiming the caning had caused depression in the
child, which finally led him to commit suicide.

The complaint was filed a good four months after the

The principal had on Tuesday described the caning as a
`mistake`, saying "I have apologised to the school board and
for this I am ready to face the consequences".

Chakrabarthy, however, had insisted the caning should not
be linked to the student`s death. "I think it is stretching it
a bit too far," he said.


First Published: Friday, June 18, 2010 - 00:28

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