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CCU vigil on girl

Malda, Dec. 25: The schoolgirl raped and brutalised in Malda has shown signs of improvement but doctors have moved her to the critical care unit of Malda Medical College and Hospital as too many people were visiting her.

“We have carried out tracheotomy and she is breathing through a metal tube now. The tube fitted on Sunday was replaced yesterday. The infection and swelling in the damaged areas of her throat have reduced to a considerable extent,” college vice-principal M.A. Rashid said.

“Today, we have shifted her to the CCU from the female surgical ward for better treatment and to cut down the number of visitors, several of whom were turning up at her bedside every day,” he said.

“Our best treatment is being provided to her. As of now, there is no question of referring her to some other health establishment.”

The girl was allegedly raped on Saturday night by Abhay Mondal, a farm labourer who was supposedly in a relationship with the victim’s mother. After raping her, Abhay thrust a metal rod down her throat. When she passed out in a mango orchard, about a kilometre from her home, Abhay left her for dead.

Abhay, who is now in police custody, had lured the girl to leave the house by promising her to buy some warm clothes and a bicycle.

The police caught Abhay after the girl, who was unable to speak because of damage to her vocal cords, wrote a part of Abhay’s name on a piece of paper.

Malda district Congress president and MP Mausam Noor went to the hospital to visit the girl.

“If the girl’s family wants, we can take her to Calcutta, Delhi or any other place for better treatment in a more sophisticated health establishment,” she said.