Visva-Bharati apologises,asks student to return

Visva-Bharati University on Thursday issued an apology in the incident in which a Class V girl was forced to lick urine by the warden and requested her parents to send her back to the Patha Bhavana school.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: July 13, 2012 4:36 am

Visva-Bharati University on Thursday issued an apology in the incident in which a Class V girl was forced to lick urine by the warden and requested her parents to send her back to the Patha Bhavana school.

In a statement,Visva-Bharati said: “The university unequivocally regrets the traumatic experience of a Patha Bhavana student at the hands of the warden Uma Poddar (of Karabi hostel). Visva-Bharati has allowed the girl to be a day-boarder,as an exceptional case. The university further assures the parents of the girl (and all other parents of Patha Bhavana children) that such instances will not recur.”

Asking the parents of the student to send her back,the statement said: “Visva-Bharati requests the girl’s parents to send her back to Patha Bhavana. Visva-Bharati has decided to overhaul the entire Warden-Matron system prevailing in its school hostels for years and seek avenues on how to improve the situation,befitting the stature of a Central University of national and international importance.”

Visva-Bharati spokesperson Amrit Sen said the student and her parents had been called by the members of the inquiry committee today and their versions were taken into account.

Manoj Mistry,the girl’s father,said that Visva-Bharati authorities had called them and they briefed the members of the inquiry committee about the incident.

A two-page interim report on the issue has been submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office by the university. The report relates the sequence of events that led to the hostel warden forcing the Class V girl to lick her own urine and gives the warden’s version. A committee has been appointed under a dean to inquire against the issue and submit a detailed report on the incident.

Manoj Mistry has lodged a complaint with Bolpur police station alleging that his daughter was “forced to drink urine that was squeezed into her mouth from the wet bedsheet by the warden”.

The warden,who was arrested on Mistry’s complaint,has been released on bail. Poddar faces sections 341,269 and 270 of the Indian Penal Code for wrongful detention and negligent acts.

With inputs from Delhi

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