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Four-year-old Indian girl dies two weeks after brutal rape attack

The girl was found unconscious by her parents on 18 April after being dumped at a farm.

Activists protest against the rape of another young girl (5) in New Delhi, India.
Activists protest against the rape of another young girl (5) in New Delhi, India.
Image: (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

A FOUR-YEAR-old Indian girl has died in hospital nearly two weeks after she was raped and found unconscious at a farm.

The girl had been taken by air ambulance from central Madhya Pradesh state to the Care Hospital in Nagpur city on 20 April, where she died last night, a spokesman said.

“She died from a cardiac arrest at 7:45 pm on Monday. We were taking all measures… but yesterday her condition got bad and her blood pressure went down. She was not reacting to medications,” P.A. Sriram at the hospital.

The girl had been found unconscious by her parents on 18 April, a day after a 35-year-old man allegedly raped her in the town of Ghansour and dumped her at a farm.

She was initially taken to a local hospital, before being transported to Nagpur in Maharashtra state two days later.

The police have arrested one accused in the case in northern Bihar state, PTI said.

The case is the latest in a string of high-profile sex attacks that have sparked outrage in India over the treatment of women and girls, with protests first erupting in December over the savage gangrape of a 23-year-old student.

The 15 April kidnap and brutal rape of a five-year-old in the capital New Delhi, spurred another round of demonstrations in the capital over the high levels of sexual violence and police handling of the case.

- © AFP, 2013

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