School bullying killed our son, says Raunak's family

School bullying killed our son, says Raunak

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-07-04 20:19 Bengaluru: The case involving the suicide of Raunak Banerjee, a class IX student of Baldwin Boys’ High School on Hosur Road, took a turn after family members held some students responsible for the death of their son.Dyuti Banerjee, sister of Raunak Banerjee, who has launched an online petition over the incident, alleged that a bunch of boys had bullied her brother. In her petition she stated that in his suicide note, her brother had said that he “couldn't take it anymore and was terribly bullied by a group of boys in school”.Dyuti Banerjee with Raunak BanerjeeReeling from the incident, school principal Dinakar Wilson informed that he had called for a meeting of students and parents who had hired the private van in which Raunak Banerjee had been travelling since last five years.The State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights has also issued a notice to the school and JP Nagar police over the incident and submit their replies by next seven days.In her petition, Dyuti described her brother Raunak as soft-hearted, good-natured 14-year-kid.“He jumped off the 10th floor of his apartment after leaving a suicide note in his school bag. In the note, he said that he 'couldn't take it anymore and was terribly bullied by a group of boys in school’. “I lost a brother because the system doesn't care to protect school children from mental, emotional and physical torture. But no more kids should be lost to this social evil," she wrote.The JP Nagar police, who have registered the case under section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC, have also mentioned about the bullying in their FIR.Officers unawareEven though the death of Raunak Banerjee has sent shock waves across the country, state education department officials were still blissfully unaware of the incident. When contacted, Commissioner DPI Soujanya as well as DDPI South K Padmavathi said they were unaware of the incident.