Sunday, January 15, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Dalit rape victim responding to treatment

Dalit rape victim responding to treatment
Last Updated: Friday, January 13, 2012, 22:12

Cuttack: There has been a slight improvement in the condition of the
19-year-old Dalit rape victim and she is now in a semi comatose state,
medical college hospital said.

This was informed by the SCB Hospital authorities to the Odisha High
Court on Friday. Following the HC order, the girl who was allegedly
raped in November last year was shifted here in coma stage on

Taking note of the health status report of the girl submitted by the
hospital superintendent, the High Court further directed the
respondent to give the best treatment to the victim.

"If required, services of super specialists from outside the state at
the cost of state government may be availed," directed the division
bench of Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda and Justice S K Mishra.

Deciding to closely monitor the health condition of the victim and the
treatment given to her, the High Court also directed the hospital
superintendent to submit a further status report to the Court on

Earlier in the day, the Hospital authorities informed the court that
the patient is now being attended by a team of super specialists drawn
from neurology, neurosurgery, orthopaedic, obstetrics and regional
spinal cord injury centre.

The superintendent also said that the patient is under observation
round the clock and he is keeping a close watch of her on hourly

"The patient is semi comatose and although critically ill, has shown
slight improvement on hospitalisation. Her chemical analysis shows of
partial hanging and she is given free treatment. Even the costly MRI
test of brain was done from hospital users' fund," the health status
report said.

Meanwhile, the High Court also took note of the report submitted by
the city DCP regarding the safety and security of the victim in the

The DCP in his report has said that three lady constables are posted
at the ICU where the patient is now undergoing treatment. Similarly, a
lady sub-inspector along with armed police has been posted at the
Hospital to augment the security and meet any eventuality, the police
report said.

The High Court had earlier directed the state crime branch police who
are now investigating into the alleged rape case, to submit its action
taken report to the court on Monday after apprehending the four
accused named in the FIR.


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