Battered Baby Afreen Dies in Hospital

BANGALORE: Three-month-old baby Afreen, who was allegedly abused and battered by her father for being born a girl, died at a hospital here on Wednesday after battling for life for almost a wee

Published: 12th April 2012 02:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 07:28 PM   |  A+A-

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GRIEF: Reshma Bano, Afreen’s mother, wails at the news of her daughter’s death outside the hospital | Nagaraja Gadekal

BANGALORE: Three-month-old baby Afreen, who was allegedly abused and battered by her father for being born a girl, died at a hospital here on Wednesday after battling for life for almost a week.

The baby,  who had suffered multiple injuries, died of cardiac arrest.

“She was bleeding and had convulsions in the morning, which later led to a cardiac arrest,” said Dr Somegowda, Resident Medical Superintendent of Vani Vilas Hospital, where Afreen was admitted on Sunday.

The baby was in a semicomatose state after her condition deteriorated on Wednesday following two convulsions on Tuesday. Afreen, who was on life support system, had hurried respiration of 30-40 per minute as against the normal 20-25 and also pathycardia (increased heart rate), Gowda explained. Meanwhile, following Afreen’s death, K G Halli police have registered a murder case against her father Umar Farooq, after recording his wife Reshma Bano’s statement. The police have filed a fresh FIR in connection with the case on Wednesday.

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