Six-year-old rape victim, who was found in critical condition in Odisha school, dies after eight-day struggle

Cuttack: The six-year-old rape victim of Salepur, who was rescued in a critical condition from a school campus, died at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack on Sunday after battling for life for eight days, officials of the hospital said. She passed away in the evening, Hospital Superintendent Shyama Kanungo said.

The body would be handed over to the victim's family in the presence of police personnel following a postmortem, she added.

The girl was rescued from a school campus in Jagannathpur village under the Salepur police station on the evening of 21 April. She had deep injuries on her head, face, neck and in her private parts.

Six-year-old rape victim, who was found in critical condition in Odisha school, dies after eight-day struggle

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The village is located at a distance of around 30 kms from Cuttack.

A 25-year-old man of the village was arrested in connection with the incident on 22 April and remanded to judicial custody on charges of rape and attempt to murder under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

"Since the victim has died, the attempt to murder charge will be converted to murder charge," Salepur police inspector D K Mallick said.

A 13-member team of senior doctors was attending to the victim, who was kept in the ICU, the hospital superintendent said.

The condition of the girl did not improve even after she was put on ventilator support, she added.

All possible treatment available was provided to her, Kanungo said, adding that her condition started deteriorating further from Thursday.

Since her condition was not stable during the last 72 hours, it was not possible to shift her to a better facility, the doctors treating the girl said.

On the fateful evening, the girl had gone to a shop in the village to buy biscuits. When she did not return after a while, the family members launched a search.

She was finally found inside the school campus in an unconscious state, with no clothes on her body and blood oozing out of her head and mouth. She was taken to a private nursing home nearby and later, shifted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital.

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Updated Date: Apr 30, 2018 09:14:23 IST

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