Kolkata, July 10 : Traumatised and shocked, the
10-year-old girl who was allegedly made to drink her own urine in the
Visva-Bharati campus as a punishment for bedwetting is finding it
difficult to cope with the situation, her father said Tuesday.
is yet to recover from the shock. She has not been eating properly. She
is having problems coping with life after what happened with her. The
doctors have advised us to keep her happy and try to help her forget
about the incident," Manoj Mistri, the girl's father, said.
Apprehensive of a repeat of the incident, the girl also does not want to go back to the school.
won't go back to the hostel. I want to study in another school. They
may again ask me to do the same thing. It is so shameful for me to lick
my own urine, said the Class 5 student of Patha Bhavan school in West
Her parents have agreed to her wish.
incident, she is not agreeing to go to the school. What else can we do?
We may get her admitted to another school," said Mistri.
"Being a 10-year-old, when I do not believe in such superstitions, how the warden can have faith in such things?" she said.
Visva-Bharati university authorities have claimed that the warden, Uma
Poddar, asked her to lick the urine since she believed the practice
would cure her of bedwetting.
The authorities, after receiving
flak from all quarters on the issue, have requested the girl's parents
to make her a day scholar.
"We got a call from the university
today asking us to take back our daughter and continue her studies as a
day scholar," said Poonam Mistri, the girl's mother.
the police, after being rebuked by the court for going "soft" on the
warden, have lodged a case under section 23 of the Juvenile Justice Act
which deals with cruelty to a child and has a maximum punishment of six
months imprisonment or fine or both.
"Following the court's
order, we have brought in section 23 of the Juvenile Justice Act against
Poddar," Superintendent of Police (Birbhum) Rishikesh Meena said.
The incident has attracted severe criticism from all quarters and also reached the Prime Minister's Office.
National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has sought detailed
reports from the university and the state government on the incident.
West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan has also reportedly sought a report from the university.
Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee, describing the incident inhuman
and shameful, said: "People send their children to hostels hoping they
would be taken good care of there. But after this incident, they may not
feel the same.
I don't know how such a superstitious practice
can cure bedwetting. Moreover, how a warden from such a distinguished
university believe in such things?" he said.
According to the
complaint filed by the parents, the incident occurred Saturday evening
when Poddar, while on an inspection, pulled up the girl for bedwetting.
She allegedly then sprinkled salt on the urine and made the girl lick
her urine as a punishment.
After the girl told her mother about
the ordeal, her parents and several other people stormed the hostel
premises and allegedly manhandled Poddar.
Following the incident,
the university set up a four-member fact-finding committee, headed by
former dean of students welfare Aruna Mukherjee, to probe the matter.
Acting on the report, the university relieved Poddar of her duty as warden.