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Viswa-Bharati shocker: warden gets bail

The case of a Class 5 student allegedly made to drink her own urine in West Bengal’s Viswa-Bharati campus, founded by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, took a curious turn on Monday with the warden and the parents being arrested but later freed on bail. The incident also came to the notice of the Prime Minister’s Office [PMO], which sought a report.

A court in West Bengal’s Bolpur, while granting bail to all three, condemned the incident and censured police for booking the warden under bailable offences.

The court also ordered Patha Bhavan school warden Uma Poddar, who was held following complaints that she had forced the victim to drink her own urine after she wet the bed, to pay for the student’s treatment as she has been sick since the incident. In a case of allegations and counter-allegations, the victim’s parents were also arrested after the university complained they had stormed the premises and jeopardised the security of the students of the Karabi Hostel where the incident reportedly took place. The three were produced before Birbhum’s additional district judge Piyush Ghosh in Bolpur, the nearest town to Santiniketan which houses the Viswa-Bharati campus, and released on bail.

Poddar was arrested Monday morning following a complaint by the parents of the girl who was allegedly made to drink her urine. As she was booked under bailable offences, she has been granted bail by the court, said Birbhum Superintendent of Police Rishikesh Meena. The girl’s parents were also released on bail, added Meena.

According to the complaint filed by the parents, the incident occurred Saturday evening when Poddar, while on an inspection, pulled up the girl for bed-wetting. She allegedly then sprinkled salt on the urine and made the girl lick her urine as a punishment.


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