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"Bruised and confined to a hospital bed, 19-year-old Pratyusha looks vulnerable and determined at the same time, even as she watches with interest strangers pouring in to enquire after her health. Over nine months of unspeakable torture at the hands of her stepmother Shyamala and father C Ramesh have scarred her body and mind.

It was no surprise then that the news of her father’s arrest was the best thing she heard since her rescue on July 8. “For the last nine months, I was subjected to such torture that there was not a single day when I did not bleed,” she recalls, shuddering at the thought of it.

Her body is filled with injuries, mainly from cuts and cigarette burns, and bruises from beating. In fact, hospital authorities said almost every inch of her body is covered with scars. “My stepmother had a grudge against me right from the start. She is a sadist — she would beat me up for no reason, singe me with rods and enjoy it while doing it. My father would laugh out loudly while she was beating me up,” she told Express in a free-wheeling chat at the Global Aware Hospital. Pratyusha had completed Intermediate and was keen on higher studies, when she was brought to stay with her father at Fathullaguda near LB Nagar." ~The New Indian Express

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