A 3-year-old girl who was admitted to SSKM hospital in Kolkata had to undergo a surgery after doctors found seven needles in her body. The doctors were reportedly finding it difficult to operate her because the girl allegedly subjected to sexual abuse who also had a fractured arm was still in trauma.
According to reports, the girl, a resident of Purulia district of West Bengal was admitted to the hospital after she was allegedly sexually abused by an elderly person who used to employ her mother as a maidservant. The man has been identified as Sanatan Thakur who reportedly used to work as a home guard.
“There are as many as seven needles forced into the child’s body. The needles could not be taken out as it may cause further damage to her body. She is kept under observation,” IANS quoted a source in the hospital as saying. The doctors who were apprehensive of performing the surgery the girl said that it took them hours to operate her and their main objective was to take the needles out without harming her internal organs.
“It nearly took us two hours to perform the surgery as the priority was to take out the needles without harming her vital organs. We took time as the affected portions where the needles were present were first localised to prevent any mistakes during the surgery,” Dr Rishavdeb Patra from SSKM hospital said.
The police has registered a complaint under Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POSCO) Act. However, no arrests have been made in connection with the case. Her mother had been living alone after being separated from her husband.
The girl’s mother had brought her to Bankura Medical college after she complained of a cough and cold. However, the doctor found several injuries on her body and she was then admitted to the SSKM hospital in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) after being shifted from the Bankura Medical College.
“Accused Sanatan Thakur is still at large. All the local police stations have been cautioned about him. He needs to be interrogated to learn the motive behind abusing the child,” a police official said.
Source: Quint, IANS.