Thiruvananthapuram, March 7: Even as the government claims to be working on enhancing security for girls and women, a 3 year old girl who was kidnapped and gangraped is battling for life at a local hospital. The girl was found abandoned near the Thrikandiyur following a search launched by the police. The girl was first admitted to the Tirur District Hospital and later shifted to the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital (KMCH).
According to Kozhikode Medical College Hospital (KMCH) deputy superintendent J C Cheriyan, the condition of the girl is improving. According to doctors who have performed two surgeries on her, she will take months together to recover.
The abandoned child was found on Tuesday morning. "She had high fever and was found with ants crawling all over her body," eye-witnesses said.
The girl's mother who is a rag-picker is in a state of shock. On Monday night, when she went to sleep her daughter was beside her but when she woke up on Tuesday morning the girl was missing. Although the child was admitted with severe injuries, she is now out of danger.
She is currently under observation in the ICU. The medical examination has confirmed it was a rape. The girl has suffered a number of internal injuries.
16 men have been detained for questioning in connection with the rape. According to district police chief K Sethuraman in the coming day more people will be questioned.
"Police will ensure that the culprits behind the incident are nabbed," additional director general of police N Shanker Reddy said. He visted Tirur and held a meeting with the invetigation team.
The Kerala Women's Commission Chairperson KC Rosakutty visited the girl and her mother at the hospital and said that that all would be given to the child who would be under their protection.