Plans to set up authority to deal with such cases
Following allegations that five teachers of a renowned city school had meted out corporal punishment to a student, which drove him to suicide, the West Bengal government's School Education Department is considering setting up an authority to deal with students' complaints regarding corporal punishment.
School Education Minister Partha Dey said here on Friday that there should be an appropriate body under the auspices of the Right to Education (RTE) Act which could monitor cases regarding corporal punishment.
Controversy surrounds the suicide of a Class VIII student in February this year.
His father had filed a complaint with the police against the five teachers and alleged that they drove his son to take his life.
While the detective department of the city police has already started a probe into the case, a two-member team of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) visited the school during the past two days and questioned the accused teachers and the parents and friends of the boy as part of an independent investigation.
“It is necessary to have a commission based on the RTE Act with a senior judicial official at its head which will provide access to the children to give information about incidents of corporal punishment practised by schools,” Mr. Dey said.
He, however, did not specify any time frame for setting up the body and added that his department had informed all education boards that corporal punishment was an offence and should be strictly prohibited.