Bengal gangrape victim dies a week after suicide attempt

The victim was admitted to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata with 70 per cent burns.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:January 1, 2014 10:07 pm

A 16-year-old girl,who was gangraped twice in a day around two months ago at Madhyamgram in North 24-Parganas district of West Bengal and had attempted suicide on December 23,succumbed to her injuries here on Tuesday.

The victim was admitted to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata with 70 per cent burns after she attempted self-immolation in her house near Dum Dum,where her family shifted after the rape incidents.

A gang of men raped the girl on October 25. Later the same day,when she was going home along with her father,a taxi driver,and her mother after lodging a complaint,she was again abducted by the same gang and raped,police said. She was found unconscious near the railway tracks.

The family had settled in Madhyamgram a year ago,but shifted to Dum Dum after local goons threatened them with dire consequences if they didn’t withdraw the rape case.

On December 23,an associate of the gang leader barged into their Dum Dum residence and threatened them following which the girl tried to commit suicide.

Her father alleged his daughter was not given proper medical treatment. “We repeatedly requested hospital authorities to shift her to the burn unit. But they did not pay attention to us,” he said,adding that he has also lodged a case of medical negligence against hospital authorities.

The father said nobody from the government visited the family. “We want justice and we want that the criminals should be hanged,” he said.

The police have arrested seven persons in the case.

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