The death of Rouvanjit Rawla, a Kolkata schoolboy allegedly driven to suicide after being thrashed and humiliated by his teachers, has sparked a media debate on corporal punishment in Indian schools.

Rouvanjit, a student of La Martiniere School for Boys, was found dead in his room days after he was caned by his teachers.

The case has drawn widespread support after Ajay Rawla lodged a police complaint alleging his son hanged himself due to the “inhuman torture inflicted by his teachers”.

A quick search on the Internet reveals what many say is an apathetic attitude of academic staff towards pupils in Indian schools.

As Rawla sought more information following his son’s death, he found popular social networking sites like Facebook full of testimonials from students who have experienced corporal punishment.