Delhi rape victim still ‘critical’, govt. to name rapists officially

Thursday, December 27, 2012
[GFX ©'s Sketch By Imran Khan] 
New Delhi: The 23-year-old gang-rape victim who was shifted from the capital’s Safdarjung Hospital on Wednesday evening and flown out of the country in a special air-ambulance was in an extremely critical condition at the super specialty Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore. 

"As at 7 pm (4.30pm IST) the patient remains in an extremely critical condition. She is under treatment at Mount Elizabeth Hospital's Intensive Care Unit, “A bulletin issued on Thursday evening by the hospital reported.

The victim was being admitted to Mt. Elizabeth Hospital in the city state, which has a super-speciality multi-organ transplant facility.

"A multi-disciplinary team of specialists is taking care of her and doing everything possible to stabilise her condition," said Dr Kelvin Loh, Chief Executive Officer of the Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

Meanwhile a committee headed by a former Delhi High court judge has been setup  by  the center on Wednesday to probe into allegations of police interference in recording the victim’s statement that has snowballed into a major row.

On the other part, following a severe pressure to uncover the exact reason for the death of Delhi Police constable Subhash Tomar, the Delhi Police brass on Wednesday shifted the investigation to the crime branch. Tomar’s post mortem report says that he had died due to injuries sustained during clashes with protesters near India Gate on Sunday.

In a latest development in this episode the Indian government on Thursday announced a slew of measures for the safety and security of women. Keeping in line with the same, the government said that a national data base with photographs of all rape convicts will be prepared soon.  

Minister of State for Home RPN Singh reportedly said saying that he had directed the National Crime Records Bureau to prepare a directory of all rape convicts and upload their photographs, names and addresses on its website.

The young woman, who was gang-raped and brutally assaulted in a moving bus on December 16, underwent three surgeries at the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, where she remained on ventilator support during most part of the treatment. Doctors removed major part of her intestines which had become gangrenous.

Earlier, the Indian High Commission in Singapore said that the plane carrying the girl landed at the Changi International Airport at 7:30 am (5 am IST). She was accompanied by her parents and a team of doctors.

The decision to shift the girl was taken at the highest level of the Indian government, which has declared that it will bear all the expenses of her treatment.

The hospital and the High Commission have requested complete privacy for the patient, the parents and the doctors treating the victim.
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