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HC to examine if victim denied proper medical treatment

Harish V Nair, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 18, 2013
First Published: 00:27 IST(18/1/2013) | Last Updated: 00:33 IST(18/1/2013)

The Delhi high court has said it will look into allegations that gangrape victim did not get proper medical treatment after the incident.


“With regard to the direction relating to the medical treatment to be offered to victims, particularly the victim in question and the safety measures which are to be taken to ensure the safety of victims of crime,  particularly women, we will keep the petition pending for further consideration,” Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice VK Jain said.

The bench said that along with the matter of treating rape and accident victims, it will issue a slew of directions on January 31 aimed at ensuring the safety and security of women in the Capital.

This came after lawyer Meera Bhatia questioned the alleged practice of police hunting for a government hospital to admit a victim of rape or accident keeping in mind the MLC certificate (medico-legal case) and ignoring the state of the victim even if a private hospital was close by.

The 23-year-old woman was raped and assaulted by six people on a moving bus in south Delhi. 

Bhatia, who was earlier standing counsel for the police, said private hospitals should be asked to admit emergency patients like the gang rape victim.

“There should be a direction from the high court that even private hospitals admit victims,”  Bhatia said.

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