Condition of Salepur Rape Survivor critical

Cuttack: The condition of the six-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped and strangulated in Salepur of Cuttack district on Sunday, continued to be critical, doctors attending her stated on Monday.

“The patient continues to be in critical state though there has been a slight improvement in her condition in the past 24 hours,” said SCB Medical College and Hospital Superintendent Shyama Kanungo.

The girl, who suffered deep injuries in her head, face, neck, chest and private parts, was rescued from inside a school campus near her house in Jagannathpur village of Salepur. The family members alleged that the girl was raped and an attempt was also made to kill her as blood was oozing out of her mouth.

Kanungo said the girl is on life support system, and a team of doctors drawn from various departments are attending her round-the-clock.

Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik visited the SCB yesterday and inquired the doctors about her health condition. After meeting the girl Patnaik said Congress will take to streets if stringent action is not taken against the accused.

“Why is the government silent when similar incidents are occurring in the State repeatedly? We are watching the steps being taken by government and police in this regard. Such injustice will not be tolerated,” said Patnaik.

Meanwhile, the accused of the same village, arrested on Sunday, identified as Md Mustafa was produced before a local court on Monday and remanded in jail custody, police said.

In another incident on Sunday, a four-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 14-year-old boy in Mahakalpada area of Kendrapara district. The matter came to light after the family members lodged a complaint at the Marsaghai police station on Monday.

As per sources, the incident occurred on April 20 when the girl had gone to a nearby village with her family members to see the Hanuman Yajna and have food at the feast organised there.

Finding her alone, the 14-year-old accused took her to an isolated place and allegedly raped her.

The girl was later rescued and rushed to a private hospital for treatment. Sources said the family tried to solve the matter in the village itself, failing which they finally knocked the doors of the police on Monday and lodged a complaint against the accused.

The girl’s aunt said, “On April 20 at around 7.30 pm, my niece had gone to see the Hanuman Yajna. The boy took her to an isolated place and raped her. We took her to a private hospital. The matter could not be solved in the village and we were forced to come to the police station.”