Minor girl raped by relative delivers twins in critical condition

Sundergarh: A minor girl allegedly raped by her relative has delivered twins at the Sundergarh District Headquarters Hospital. She was rushed to Burla Medical soon after her condition deteriorated post delivery.

As per sources, the girl was raped and impregnated by one of her relatives under Sadar police limits of the district following which she was made to stay at the Short Stay Home in Sundergarh. The home provides shelter to distressed women and minor girls for a short period (maximum of 3 years).

Meanwhile, the District Child Protection Officer (DCPO) has promised to provide necessary compensation and all facilities to re-settle her.

DCPO Sribant Jena said, “We had taken permission from the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and necessary arrangements were made to keep her at the Short Stay Home. She delivered twins at the Sundergarh DHH. After her condition deteriorated, the CDMO arranged two bottles of blood and referred her to Burla Medical. Further counseling will be done after she returns home healthy and the twins will be facilitated with proper rehabilitation.”

However, questions have been raised on the negligence shown by the district administration in this case as they were apprised about the girl’s condition months ago.

Social worker Dr Himanshu Sarangi said, “The girl should have been admitted to hospital at least two months earlier for proper treatment. Though the district administration was apprised, no steps were taken. The blood level is low and her legs have also swollen because of that. My concern is who will take care of the children if the mother dies. Till now the accused has also not been arrested.”

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