A six-year-old girl who was allegedly raped and abandoned on the verandah of school by a neighbour in Odisha’s Cuttack district on Saturday evening has slipped into coma in hospital. “She has suffered deep injuries on her face, and her brain due to throttling,” said the superintendent of the hospital where she is admitted. “We are trying our best,” he added.
Incidentally, the child’s family was planning to enrol her in the same school in Class 1 this year. “She is a shy child. I wonder why this monster thought of assaulting her,” said her mother, who is six months pregnant and has two more children. Odisha health minister Pratap Jena, who visited the hospital on Monday, said the state government will bear her treatment cost.
Police have arrested the accused, a 25-year-old man, who allegedly lured the child to a shop in their village with the promise of chocolates. The child and the accused are from a minority community. Based on what the accused said during questioning, the inspector said the child cried out when he was sexually assaulting her and he panicked. “The accused allegedly choked her and banged her face on the school wall three times. Then he left her there, thinking she had died,” the inspector added.
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