La Martiniere Principal gets bail in Rouvanjit cae

Kolkata, Feb 4 (IBNS) A Kolkata court on Friday granted bail to the Principal and three other teachers of La Martiniere for Boys School who were charged for their alleged abetment to the suicide of 13-year-old Rouvanjit Rawla — a student of the elite institution.
This comes in after the hearing in the case was pushed back by a day on Thursday. The court is now expected to frame charges against the four accused, including principal Sunirmal Chakravarthi, on Feb 17.
On Friday last, the sessions court concluded hearing of the petition filed by the principal. Earlier, on Nov 19 last year, the court said Chakravarthi will be accused of abetment to suicide.
The principal and three other teachers of La Martiniere for Boys were arrested on October three last year for the suicide of eighth-standard student Rouvanjit.
Complaints were filed against the teachers by the boy’s father, Ajay Rawla.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has held the school responsible for the suicide of its student Rouvanjit Rawla and stated that the environment in the school was ‘not suitable’ for children.
Rouvanjit had hanged himself on Feb  12 last year and his parents have alleged that their son was driven to the extreme step after being repeatedly subjected to humiliation at the hands of the teachers at school.
The school’s principal had confessed before Kolkata bishop Ashok Biswas – who heads the Church of North India that runs the school – of caning the child, earlier reports said.
He initially defended his action but under pressure from media and other organizations, he apologized for his action.

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