Rape vic­tim dies in Dharma­puri

The po­lice did not take the com­plaint se­ri­ously, says a well-wisher of the fam­ily

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - P.V. Sriv­idya

A 16-year-old girl who was raped by two men at Si­pling vil­lage in Harur on Mon­day died at the Govern­ment Med­i­cal Col­lege Hospi­tal on Satur­day.

A Plus-Two stu­dent at a govern­ment school in Paapired­dy­patty, the girl had stepped into the fields near her house at Si­pling where she was raped by two men, both aged 22. A lo­cal found the girl and took her back home where she re­counted the trauma to her mother, and iden­ti­fied the ac­cused.

Speak­ing to on con­di­tion of anonymity, a vil­lager who was help­ing the fam­ily to deal with the sit­u­a­tion said the girl's mother called up the Kot­ta­p­atty po­lice sta­tion on Mon­day evening. The po­lice called the girl and the mother to the sta­tion that night and a com­plaint was ob­tained from them. They did not take the com­plaint se­ri­ously, it is al­leged. A call was then made

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to the district ad­min­is­tra­tion’s toll free num­ber 1077, the source said.

‘Bribe de­manded’

On Tues­day, Kot­ta­p­atty po­lice called them to the sta­tion again, and wrote down their com­plaint. The vil­lager also al­leged that the po­lice de­manded a bribe to take the com­plaint. Af­ter this, the girl was taken to a chil­dren’s home in Dharma­puri.

Ac­cord­ing to Chithra, the war­den of the home, the girl was trau­ma­tised. “She could not stand. She would not talk or eat. She was men­stru­at­ing when she was bru­talised by the ac­cused,” the war­den said.

On Wed­nes­day morn­ing, the girl com­plained of nau­sea and vom­ited.

“We called her par­ents. We took her to the med­i­cal col­lege hospi­tal,” Ms. Chithra said. The hospi­tal ran a blood test and a CT scan of the brain as she com­plained of headache. On Fri­day, a doc­tor told the fam­ily that an ENT spe­cial­ist would also ex­am­ine the girl, Ms. Chitra said.

On Satur­day, the vic­tim’s breath­ing be­came heavy. She was shifted to the in­ten­sive care unit, where she died sub­se­quently.

‘Med­i­cal neg­li­gence’

The girl’s rel­a­tives staged a road block­ade in the vil­lage. Her par­ents, both daily wage earn­ers, re­fused to ac­cept the body al­leg­ing med­i­cal neg­li­gence.

The dean of the med­i­cal col­lege, Srini­vasa Raj, said the CT scan showed mild cere­bral edema. An MRI was planned for Satur­day morn­ing. “We were not told she was a rape vic­tim, she was brought in with nau­sea and vom­it­ing.”

She was ear­lier taken to the Harur Govern­ment Hospi­tal, where an FIR was filed.

tried con­tact­ing Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice Bandi Gan­gad­har, but he was away on leave.

The po­lice said a case was reg­is­tered un­der Sec­tions 6, 5(g) and 18 of Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren from Sex­ual Of­fences Act. Kot­ta­p­atty po­lice sta­tion did not an­swer calls.

Sources in the spe­cial branch po­lice said a search was on for the two ac­cused.

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