Kolkata: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has demanded an explanation and sought a report over the Class 5 girl made to drink urine in West Bengal. The shocking incident of corporal punishment came from the university founded by Rabindranath Tagore, Visva-Bharati's Patha Bhavan.
The class 5 student was allegedly forced to drink her own urine because she wet her bed. The girl's family has lodged a police complaint against the warden at the girls hostel of the residential school. "The guilty must be punished. My daughter will never recover from this incident," the girl's mother said.
NCPCR member Vinod Kumar Tikoo said, "If it is true, it is the warden who should be punished. Corporal punishment has been banned in West Bengal state across the country."
However, the university sources have denied the incident and claim the child was ill.
A four member fact-finding committee has been constituted to look into the allegation, a university official said on Sunday.
"We have received a complaint that a class 5 residential student of the Patha Bhavan was allegedly made to drink her urine as a punishment. A four member fact finding committee headed by former dean of students welfare, Aruna Mukherjee has been set up to look into the matter and submit its report to the vice chancellor of the University," a university spokesman said.
The incident happened on Saturday evening when the warden of Karabi hostel, Uma Poddar, while on an inspection found Punita guilty of bedwetting. She allegedly then made the girl drink her urine as a punishment.
(With additional information from IANS)