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Best care hope rises for teen

Banka, Dec. 28: Health minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey today assured that the state government would provide all required medical facilities to the Banka rape victim and if required, the government would arrange for the best treatment for her either in Patna or any part in the country.

Expressing concern over the episode, Kahkashan Perween, the chairperson of Bihar State Women’s Commission (BSWC), directed Bhagalpur divisional commissioner Minhaj Alam to take appropriate steps to ensure the best medical treatment for the girl.

The Class X student of a government school and a resident of Barfara village, around 365km southeast of Patna, was gang raped while returning home from school on December 15. At present, the victim is undergoing treatment at Banka Sadar Hospital.

Minister Choubey said: “I was informed that the girl had recovered and gone back home. I would instruct the Banka civil surgeon to take appropriate steps. The girl’s condition and the present line of treatment would be verified by the team of doctors and if they suggest, the girl could be shifted anywhere for the best possible treatment.”

BSWC chairperson Perween said: “It is a very shocking incident. The girl must have proper treatment immediately.” Divisional commissioner Alam said he had instructed Banka district magistrate Deepak Anand to take stock of the situation. “If expert doctors suggest better treatment, the girl would be shifted to an appropriate place,” Alam said.

According to Amita Arun, a doctor at Banka Sadar Hospital who has been treating the girl, said: “At least 300ml blood was transfused to the girl today. She is recovering but because of blood deficiency, she is not gaining strength. Depression arising from the accident has worsened her condition. She would take time for recovery.” The victim’s mother said less food intake would affect her health. “My daughter is strictly vegetarian. It is not possible for us to provide her nutritious food,” she said.

Deputy superintendent-cum-in-charge of Banka Sadar Hospital Sunil Jha said the girl was gradually recovering. He rejected the immediate need for shifting the girl to any other place for further treatment.

Deputy inspector-general of police (Bhagalpur zone) Amit Jain has instructed Banka superintendent of police Vikash Barman to track the fourth accused in the case, Mohatab alias Jallu, a resident of Suia.