Raped Indian girl, 4, dies in hospital

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A 4-year-old Indian girl has died in a hospital nearly two weeks after she was raped and found unconscious at a farm, hospital staff and reports said Tuesday.

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

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

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

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.

The April 15 kidnapping and brutal rape of a 5-year-old in New Delhi, spurred demonstrations in the capital over the high levels of sexual violence and police handling of the case.