Odisha 6-year-old rape victim dies after 9 days in hospital, CM announces Rs 5 lakh ex gratia

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A six-year-old rape survivor from Odisha’s Salipur died on Sunday after struggling for life for more than a week at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack, an official said. The dead body would be handed over to the victim’s family in the presence of police personnel following a post-mortem, she added.

The girl was rescued in a critical condition from a school campus in Jagannathpur village under the Salepur police station on the evening of April 21. She had deep injuries on her head, face, neck and in her private parts. The village is located at a distance of about 30 km from Cuttack.

The minor was on ventilator support ever since she was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition, The girl was admitted to the trauma care ICU in the pediatric ward, medical superintendent Shyama Kanungo said.

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

The girl’s sister demanded a speedy trial in the case and death sentence for the culprit.

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