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Saturday October 21, 2017 09:20 AM

5-year-old rape victim still critical

5-year-old rape victim still critical

Doctors have said that it will take long-term treatment to heal the five-year-old rape victim from Dinajpur.

Physicians at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, where she was admitted in a critical condition Tuesday morning, told the Dhaka Tribune that the traumatised minor had developed infections in her genitalia.

The girl, found after going missing for more than 10 hours, was found in a crop field not far from her home, bore stab marks over her body and even in the private parts, which was the reason of the infection.

The premier public hospital formed a nine-member committee, headed by the gynaecology chief Prof Ferdousi Islam, to oversee the little girl’s treatment.

Dr Ashraful Haque Kajol told the Dhaka Tribune that the doctors had managed to examine the girl yesterday morning only after sedating her as she was apprehensive of anyone venturing close.

He said that the infection was close to the bone. “It might take up to two months to heal.”

The committee is set to meet 9am today and decide on the course of her treatment.

The minor had gone missing on October 17 and when her family members were frantically searching for her, one Saiful, the alleged rapist, told them that the girl was taken by a spirit. To prove his point, he called upon Afzal Hossain, a village quack, who claimed that she would be found the following morning.

This made the family suspicious and the girl’s father filed a complaint with the police station that evening. They were later confirmed that Saiful was indeed the rapist asking the little girl who knew the alleged rapist and called him uncle.

Asked if delayed admission to DMCH had caused further deterioration of her condition, doctors said it would certainly have been better if she had been brought to Dhaka sooner. However, they remained tight lipped about the previous course of treatment at Rangpur Medical College Hospital.

DMCH Deputy Director Khaja Gafur said that the hospital would carry the expenses of the girl’s treatment and, if needed, send her abroad.

He also said that there were assurances of bearing all expenses from the prime minister herself.

The victim was first taken to a local health complex from where she was moved to Rangpur and underwent treatment there for a week.

However, an NGO – Peoples Union of the Marginalised Development Organisation (PUMDO) – based in Joypurhat stepped in and paid for the girl to be shifted to Dhaka upon consultation with doctors. She reached DMCH early Tuesday.

Haimanti Sarkar Devi, chief executive of the NGO, said that they were happy that the girl would now receive proper treatment and demanded that the case be tried under a special speedy trial court.

Meanwhile, at the police station concerned, OC Belal Hossain said they would get more information from prime accused Saiful, who had been arrested from Dinajpur town on Monday night and sent to court the following day seeking remand.

A court has fixed today for the remand hearing.

The OC said that the police were looking for Afzal.

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