Unnao rape victim dies after 16 days of battle

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Kanpur, Feb 25: 16-year-old Poonam, who was raped in Kanskheda village in the district 16 days ago, has died at Lucknow medical college, police said on Friday, Feb 25.

"Condition of Poonam was stable when she was sent to Lucknow for a surgery on Feb 21," Principal of GSVM Medical College Dr Anand Swaroop said.

"I am not aware of the reasons behind her death. If any probe has to be conducted in Poonam's death then the doctors attending her there could do so," he said.

The doctors who treated the sixteen-year-old at GSVM Medical College here reffered her to the King George Medical University hospital in Lucknow since the medical college did not have the necessary facilities to treat her injuries.

Swaroop said the victim's relatives had to shift her in the King George hospital in Lucknow as they could not admit her in Sanjay Gandhi Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences for unknown reasons.

Poonam was admitted in GSVM medical college on Feb 8 with serious injuries on her neck and jaw. She was operated upon for gashes on her neck and jaw.

However, we had to refer her to Lucknow due to ''internal blood clotting'', said the Principal of GSVM medical college.

Poonam was raped and attacked with a sharp weapon by Ram Sevak in Kansakheda village in Unnao district on Feb 7.

PTI

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