Bangalore: Baby Afreen's health drops, critical

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Bangalore, Apr 11: Battered Baby Afreen's health has deteriorated and continues to be on life support, said doctors. [UPDATE: Bangalore: Battered Baby Afreen gives up fight, dead].

Doctors said that the baby is in a semi-comatose state. Vani Vilas Hospital has now sought help from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) for the three-month-old's treatment.

"She is still getting convulsions, which are not under control yet. This shows that still problems are there. We are giving standard medical attention," said Dr Siddapa, dean and director, Bangalore Medical College.

"The baby had blood mixed with her stools. She is still in ventilation. She had a blood transfusion. We can have a full assessment only after she comes out of the ventilator," said the hospital.

Meanwhile, Reshma Banu alleged that her husband, Umar Farooq tried to poison her when she was pregnant.

Vowing to fight for her daughter, the 19-year-old also accused her husband of dowry harassment. She has also approached the Bangalore Child Welfare Committee demanding that Umar be punished.

"I want him to be punished. He has tortured my baby. I am first waiting for Afreen to recover and then we'll think about the divorce," said Reshma.

"I think it is high time India woke up to this. A baby girl cannot be treated like this," said Meena Jain, chairperson, Child Welfare Committee, Bangalore.

According to doctors at the Vani Vilas Hospital, the condition of the baby is critical, but claimed that she can recover in 3-4 weeks.

Baby Afreen whose story is akin to Baby Falak's, was beaten and abused by her father because he wanted a boy. Her body bore bite marks, while her forehead bore cigarette burns when she was brought to the hospital by her mother.

The accused father has been arrested by police.

With Baby Afreen still critical, Reshma has pledged to stir a fight against her husband, until she brings her baby to justice.

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