Santiniketan, Sept. 30: A third-year Visva-Bharati student from Calcutta was slashed in the arms allegedly by her roommate, who she said, was jealous of her “good looks”.
The injured Kala Bhavan student was admitted to Pearson Memorial Hospital in Santiniketan but was released after being given first aid.
“She (the injured) told me that while attacking her with a sharp blade that students use for sculpting, the girl shouted ‘tor rooper boro ahankaar’ (you are arrogant because of your good looks),” the injured girl’s relative said after meeting her at the hospital.
The girl’s father, a resident of Naktala who works with a reputed pharmaceutical company, and his wife rushed to Santiniketan this afternoon after getting news of the attack on their daughter. The father lodged an FIR against the alleged attacker this evening.
“The victim’s father has lodged a complaint with us against the girl’s roommate. We have started a case. The girl is yet to be arrested,” said Rishikesh Meena, the Birbhum superintendent of police.
The police, however, have charged the accused student with wrongful restraint and causing hurt using a dangerous weapon.
Other students at the Sree Sadan hostel said the two third-year students often fought between themselves.
“The two girls had some problems with each other. They often quarrelled over trivial matters. They should not have been roommates. The incident could be the fallout of this,” a student said.
According to the injured girl, her roommate was not in the hostel when she had gone to bed last night.
“At 4am today, my roommate banged on the door. I woke up and opened it. She pushed and pinned me to the ground. She tried to slash my face but I managed to cover it with a pillow. I thus got injured in the arms,” the girl said in her complaint.
Sources at Visva-Bharati said other hostel girls, attracted by the victim’s cries for help, rushed in. “She was taken to hospital. The victim herself informed her parents,” said a varsity official.
According to another official, the parents of the injured girl got her released on a bond.
Officiating vice-chancellor Tapati Mukherjee said: “I am unaware of the incident. I will speak to the Kala Bhavan authorities.”
Hostels at Visva-Bharati have been at the centre of controversy of late. In July, a Class V student of Patha Bhavan was allegedly forced to lick her own urine by the warden.