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I want justice not apology: Rouvanjit’s father
Published on 16 Jun. 2010 12:48 AM IST
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Rouvanjit Rawla’s father Ajay Rawla wants the principal of Kolkata’s La Martiniere School sacked for the death of his son. Rawla told CNN-IBN that an apology by La Martiniere School principal Surnimal Chakravarthi wasn’t enough and the school must pay for the crime.
“If they have broken the law of the land, which I think they have, I’m sure that they will have to pay the price for their crime. I definitely think that he (the principal) should be sacked. I thought that for a long time. There was a stage when I went and begged the board of directors and said that as a grieving father I need some closure. So I’m trying to put my life together. I’m trying to understand why God has done this to us. I’m trying to understand why these people did such horrible things to my life. But as a family I’m begging you with folded hands that if you give us an apology, we will accept that apology and try and move on with our broken lives,” Ajay Rawla told CNN-IBN.
Rawla also called the school’s internal investigation report worthless.
“How can you go to somebody who has done you wrong and expect them to come out and say that we have done the wrong thing. Their internal enquiry report is a toilet paper as far as I am concerned. I am not attributing my son’s death only to the canning I think what happened to my son on 12th where he was humiliated, manhandled, victimised be three of the teachers, I think that is going to humiliate a boy beyond repair. When he thinks that life is not worth living,” said an emotional Rawla. He also said that other students should not be humiliated and caned.
“I think that an apology is always a good place to start and I think authorities are investigating the matter and will take it forward. I am really relieved that they are not going to be doing the same things to kids. Kids are no longer going to be hit or abused. I know that was happening to lot of them but now I am relieved. I think that’s the important part of this”, he said.
I think that is what we all should set out to achieve that our children should not be humiliated, beaten and tortured,” he said.
“In a sense I am glad that we did because this whole thing of not hitting a child, it’s a big achievement and I don’t think it would have been possible without the press who took this forward and everyone’s got involved. Our kids are definitely worth it. It’s been very tough and reliving every time talking about my son getting hit and talking about the way they used to abuse him. He was a lovely boy. There was no reason for them to do that to him,” he added.
Earlier, Chakravarthi had apologised for corporal punishment in the school. He admitted that caning 13-year-old Rouvanjit Rawla who later committed suicide. The principal also added that he would not cane any student again.
“The board made it abundantly clear that corporal punishment was strictly prohibited. I apologised to them. It will not be practised any more,” The Telegraph quoted Chakravarthi as saying, who also added that caning Rouvanjit was a mistake.
According to the report Chakravarthi also said that Rouvanjit did not commit suicide as a result of caning. He insisted that the boy died after suffering two mild strokes. The 13 year-old committed suicide on February 12, four days after being caned by his school principal.
He apologised after an internal inquiry by La Martiniere School into the suicide case reportedly found that he was guilty of misconduct when he caned Rouvanjit and two of his classmates for indiscipline. But the report also de-linked the principal’s action from Rouvanjit’s death and the school authorities are yet to confirm its action taken against the accused.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) is already investigating Rouvanjit’s suicide and incidents of corporal punishment at La Martiniere. NCPCR members say the accused must be suspended till the police investigation is over.
But the commission’s recommendations are not binding on the school.

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