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Assault slur on hostel warden

A woman warden of a girls’ hostel at a state-aided residential school in north Calcutta has been charged with assaulting three students with wooden sticks.

Headmistress of Cossipore Institution for Girls, a Sarva Siksha Mission school, has lodged a complaint against the warden, who is with an NGO that manages the hostel. The three students, of classes V and VI, had told the headmistress about the alleged assault.

An FIR was filed based on the complaint against the 21-year-old “house mother”, the term used for a hostel warden in the school. She has been charged under IPC Section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons) and the Juvenile Justice Act.

“The headmistress informed me about the incident. I advised her to report it to police,” said Calcutta district Sarva Siksha Mission project director Kartick Manna.

Police sources said the girls were beaten up with wooden sticks in the hostel around 8pm on April 1 allegedly because of repeated misbehaviour of one of the three students.

The warden had allegedly complained about the girl’s behaviour several times and lost her calm on the night of the beating, the sources added.

She got bail on Thursday.