Five days after a Visva-Bharati hostel warden shocked the country by making a 10-year-old student drink her own urine, the university registrar issued an apology.
But the case against the parents of 10-year-old Punita Mistri, following a complaint by the university, is still in progress. They were accused of trespassing when they came to pick up their daughter on the night of July 7.
The three paragraph notice signed by the Visva-Bharati registrar on Thursday mentioned that the university "unequivocally regretted the traumatic experience of Punita at the hands of warden Uma Poddar".
The university also said such instances would not recur.
This was the first time the university has expressed regret. No apology was extended even on Wednesday, when the school principal and the university registrar met Punita’s parents. Even the meeting had taken place after the Visva-Bharati teachers’ and employees’ union condemned the incident.
Two inquiries, meanwhile, were in progress.
On Wednesday night, the sub-divisional-officer of Bolpur, Prabal Kanti Maity, met the family as directed by the state human rights commission.
On Thursday afternoon, Punita and her parents appeared before the four-member inquiry panel of the university. After the interview, Punita's father Monoj Mistri said, "They requested us to reconsider our decision of withdrawing our child from Patha Bhavan."
He, however, said Punita would not go back. Following aid from education minister Bratya Basu, she would be admitted to Bolpur Girls' School.