Kolkata: The 10-year-old girl of the Visva-Bharati University who was allegedly forced to drink her own urine, has broken her silence. Speaking to CNN-IBN, the girl said being forced to drink urine was a punishment and not a cure.
Explaining what happened with her on July 7, the girl said, "The hostel warden came in the morning when I was getting ready for school. She asked me to take the wet blanket out. The blanket was very wet. She sprinkled salt over it and asked me to lick it. There was one Sandhya Mashi with the warden. She held my head and said you have to lick it. I said I won't. I said I won't lick it. I feel disgusted. They said I have to, this is my punishment."
She also said she was scared and didn't want to go back to school.
The HRD Ministry report that was forwarded to the PMO had claimed that the girl's mother had given the warden a go-ahead to 'cure' her child of bed wetting. However, her parents rejected the report saying they didn't approve any such treatment for their child.
"This is an allegation on us. No parent will allow such a treatment towards their child," the girl's father said.
"The warden never took any permission from us. This report is not true," the girl's mother added.
When asked whether their daughter had to go through a similar treatment earlier also, the father replied, "The warden had tried twice earlier but she was not successful. But on July 7, she was successful in doing so. She was admitted in Class 2. When she was promoted to class 5 she had to move out to another hostel. It's there that this incident took place. A similar treatment was attempted twice before, but my daughter had not spoken about it to us."
When asked whether the university officials contacted the family after the incident, the girl's mother said, "They are saying that we can send our daughter to the school again, but my daughter doesn't want to study there. She is scared. Even we are not ready to send her there."
Sources say the HRD report submitted to the PMO on the incident gives a sequence of events that took place in Shantiniketan. It says that the student was a habitual bed wetter and the mother had discussed the problem with the warden and had asked for a cure. The report claims that the mother had also agreed to a shock treatment.
While PMO sources say they aren't passing any judgment and that they don't want to get involved as the matter is subjudice, the agony and wait for the family could be long.
The incident raises many big questions:
- Was the hostel warden justified in using this method on the young girl?
- Did the warden take permission from the girl's parents for this?
- Who is telling the truth: the Parents or the university authorities?
- Is licking one's own urine really a cure for bed wetting?