HYDERABAD: The plight of Pratyusha, who was tortured by her father and stepmother for 7 months has shocked police officers. The girl is recuperating at the respiratory intensive care unit (RICU) of Aware Global hospital in LB Nagar.
However, the girl’s medical condition is yet to be ascertained. Police are also consulting the department of Women and Child Welfare to handle the case. “The girl is in a state of shock due to the long term torture. She is responding to questions but is losing track of her mind,” said Ravindra Nallagonda, consultant-Interventional Pulmonology, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine.
According to him, she has suffered several external injuries on her neck, back, right hand as well as acid burn injury on the right side of her face. “External injuries are fine but she has some acid burns inside her mouth. We have to find out whether there are burns inside the esophagus and stomach, for which we have to conduct an endoscopy,” he said adding that the girl has been vomiting as well.
The doctor further said that a gynecology consultation will be done to ascertain if there was a sexual assault. The girl told the doctor that she was made to drink Dettol, Lizol etc. “The scar on the face is not severe and her eye sight is alright,” the doctor added.
Stepmom Blames Girl’s Boyfriend
Syamala, the stepmother of the girl alleged that the injures were inflicted by the girl’s boyfriend. “There is no boy friend. If an outsider has caused the injuries what was the family doing without taking her to a doctor? The swelling and scars on her are not recent,” said inspector E Srinivas Reddy.