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Teacher torture: Punishment most foul

Teacher torture: Punishment most foul

Hindustantimes.com   July 09, 2012
First Published: 22:13 IST(9/7/2012) | Last Updated: 08:03 IST(10/7/2012)

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In an incident that sent shock waves across the nation, a hostel warden at Visva Bharati University in West Bengal forced a fifth-class student to drink her own urine as a punishment for bed-wetting.

Uma Poddar, the warden of Karabi Girls' Hostel at the University in Santiniketan, was arrested by the police on Monday, after the 10-year-old victim's parent filed a case against her for the heinous act.
The warden was later granted bail but the university authorities wasted no time in suspending her. Describing the incident as 'deplorable', Visva Bharati university vice-chancellor Sushanta Dasgupta said the warden has been suspended.
The University sources however claimed the warden had made the girl lick the bedsheet she had wetted and had not forced her to drink her urine.
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We conducted a poll and asked our readers is punishing a student in such a horrible manner right? An emphatic 97.67 %  readers said no agreeing with the fact that bed-wetting is a medical condition and punishing a child for this is unjustified.
Netizens on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook expressed shock and horror at the unfortunate incident, that has left the 10-year-old traumatised.
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A reader, Nishchal P commented, the warden needs some psychiatric help, adding that kids sometimes suffer from different mental disorders like fear from unknown, attention deficit disorder, etc that can make kids pee in their bed. But this kind of punishment harms more than helps them.
Another reader, Salila was of the opinion that the warden...must be severely punished. "There must be several such cases, but may never come to light. Any parent would want to collect their daughter immediately upon hearing such a thing," she commented.
To the question - Should physical punishments in the name of discipline be banned in schools? - 79.75% people responded positively.
The warden told the girl's mother what she did was a 'treatment to stop a bad habit'. However, her defence did not find any buyers.
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Reader Mohan Jain on Facebook commented, "Uncivilized, disgusting, shameful, unbelievable act. This country is going backwards."
Edward Gura commented, "Really inhuman, especially on an innocent blemish less young soul. What a shame for progressive society."
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) immediately got into action and slapped a notice on the West Bengal government asking it to probe the matter and submit a report in the next 10 days. Prime Minister's Office too sought a report on the incident.

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