Santiniketan (WB): The Birbhum court on Monday released the warden of Patha Bhavan hostel of Visva Bharati University on bail soon after she was arrested earlier on Monday morning for allegedly forcing a class 5 girl student to drink her urine as a punishment.

The court also granted bail to the parents of the 10-year-old girl after they were arrested by the police following University’s complaints that they had made an unauthorized entry into the hostel.

The warden of Karabi Girls' Hostel, Uma Poddar, was arrested on Monday morning for compelling the student, who wet her bed, to drink her urine squeezed from the bedsheet on Saturday night, Sub-Divisional Police Officer of Bolpur Prasanta Chowdhury said on Monday.

The girl's father Manoj Mistry, a resident of Mokrampur village near here, had lodged a complaint with the Bolpur police station. He had rushed to the hostel that night and taken home his daughter, a student of Class V.

The Visva-Bharati authorities had yesterday formed a four-member committee to look into the matter and submit a report.

University sources had claimed the warden made the girl lick the bedsheet she had wetted and not forced her to drink her urine. The sources had claimed that the girl had wet her bed earlier also and that she was ill.

The warden had told the distraught mother of the student that what she did was 'treatment to stop a bad habit'.

Meanwhile, the father was also arrested on a counter complaint of trespass lodged by the university authorities, the SDPO said.


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