‘Gangrape’ victim sets self on fire, critical

A 15-year-old girl, who was allegedly gangraped two months ago, tried to set herself on fire Tuesday. The girl, who suffered almost 70 per cent burns, is reportedly battling for life at the state government-run R G Kar Hospital.

The girl was allegedly gangraped twice in October. She was raped the second time after she tried to lodge a police complaint against the accused.

The victim's family later lodged a complaint against six persons. While three were arrested earlier, two more, including prime accused Minta, was arrested Wednesday.

According to the parents of the victim, she tried to commit suicide following threats from the accused and adverse comments from neighbours. The victim's family said they also had to leave Madhyamgram and relocate to Dum Dum. "My daughter is critical. I am running from pillar to post for her treatment. I am not getting any government aid," the victim's father, who is a taxi driver, told the mediapersons Wednesday.

Superintendent, R G Kar Medical College, Dibyendu Gautam said he knew of no such girl undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Meanwhile, the West Bengal Commission for Women said the "callousness" of the Child Welfare Committee and Barasat State General Hospital that forced the victim to attempt suicide.

"We visited the girl when the incident took place two months ago and saw she was completely traumatised . The CWC had not visited her. We had requested that the victim be removed to a home where she could be treated as well as counselled. But it did not happen. Moreover, the hospital, too, released her a day after she was admitted. We could not do much as she is a minor," said Sunanda Mukherjee, Chairman, West Bengal Women Commission.

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