Swami Agnivesh claimed on Tuesday that he used to drink his own urine to counter bedwetting problems. This statement followed the nationwide outrage over a warden in West Bengal, Uma Poddar, who asked a class 5 student to drink her urine for bedwetting.
"For many, the traditional cure may sound abhorrent and and feudal. I practised it myself for months. I read books on nature cure and found this method described. I had this problem of bed wetting till quite an advanced age. Shivambu Cure helped reduce it," he said in a statement.
The activist also cited examples of former prime minister Morarji Desai, former defence minister George Fernandes, former Haryana chief minister Devi Lal as having practiced the method and benefiting from it.
Poddar was arrested Monday following a complaint by the girl's parents but later granted bail.
The Prime Minister's Office had sought a report on the incident and the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights sent a notice to the West Bengal government asking it to investigate the matter and report within 10 days.
Visva-Bharati is an institution founded by India's first Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.