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Still critical, gang-rape victim put on ventilator again

Sunday, 23 December 2012 - 6:27pm IST | Agency: PTI

The 23-year-old gangrape victim was again put on ventilator after doctors subjected her to various tests as her condition continued to be critical.

The 23-year-old gang-rape victim continues to be serious and critical tonight but is conscious and talking, a week after the brutal attack on her in a moving bus in south Delhi.

Doctors attending on her at the Safdarjung Hospital said she underwent a "small" surgery for abdominal wash and would be put on ventilator so that her condition improves.

"We will put her on ventilator electively. We think this will improve the health condition...Infection is a serious concern and she continues to be serious but communicating and concious.

"She is critical and still in ICU. We need to watch her for the next few days," Dr B D Athani, Medical Superintendent of Safdurjung Hospital, told reporters.

The victim, a para-medical student who is battling for life at Safdurjung Hospital here, was off ventilator since Friday but due to some respiratory problems she was put on ventilator again this evening.

"We are subjecting her to all examinations and procedures. She continues to be critical," Athani said.

The girl's family members said she was put on ventilator in the evening after doctors diagnosed "some problem".

Doctors had said yesterday that the rape victim is psychologically "composed and optimistic" about her future and has started communicating.

They had also said they are keeping the patient on high doses of antibiotics and high standards of hygiene -- two important factors for preventing infection.

The Chief Minister said Shinde would speak to Delhi High Court Chief Justice D Murugesan on the issue of setting up of fast track courts. "We may, if required, go and see him so that it (courts) goes fast track," she said.

Dikshit also urged the Home Minister to ensure that policemen are deployed on public transport for ensuring safety of women.

The Chief Minister rushed to Shinde's residence immediately after the emergency Cabinet meeting which expressed serious concerns about the prevailing law and order situation in the capital following violent protests at India Gate.

Sources said the Cabinet felt that concrete measures must be taken to instill confidence among women in the city.

At her meeting with Shinde, Dikshit asked him to ensure that the Police Commissioner, the Lt Governor and the Home Ministry to immediately put a mechanism to prevent occurrence of such incidents in the capital.

Since the confidence in law and order machinery is shaken, she said, steps must be taken for restoration of the same.

"There is a need to set up a Police Complaint Authority to look into complaints against personnel. There is also a need for fast track courts for time-bound disposal of cases," she told Shinde.

Dikshit also demanded that strict and immediate action should be taken against officers and personnel responsible for dereliction of duty in connection with the Sunday gangrape.

Police should be made accountable and responsive, she said.

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