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Five-year-old Madhya Pradesh rape victim dies

April 30, 2013 11:05 IST

The five-year-old rape victim from Ghansor in Madhya Pradesh’s Seoni District, who was battling for her life, has died of a cardiac arrest at the privately-run Care Hospital in Nagpur.

Doctors said that the child died at 7.45 pm on Monday after all efforts to revive her through cardiopulmonary resuscitation had failed.

They said the child’s body was sent for a post-mortem an hour after her death to the Government Medical College and Hospital as it was a medico-legal case.

The girl was in coma ever since she was airlifted from Jabalpur on April 20. The victim had suffered severe damage to her brain and was on life support system and drugs.

The Madhya Pradesh government bore all of her medical expenses.

"Her haemodynamic parameters which at least were stable until a few days back were deteriorating. Her blood pressure was very low in spite of the best possible medication," Dr Ashok Tank had said on Monday, adding that she was pronounced dead at 7.45 pm.

The girl was kidnapped from her residence on April 17 in Ghansor and was apparently abandoned in the fields after being raped. She was found by some villagers on the morning of April 18. One of the two accused, Firoz Khan, 28, -- who was a friend of the girl's uncle -- was arrested from Bihar's Hussainabad area in Bhagalpur district.

The other accused Rakesh Chaudhary, 24, was arrested earlier. The girl's father was a labourer and was not in Ghansor at the time of the incident. Her mother is a farm hand.

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