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Gangrape victim 'critical', platelet count dips

The 23-year-old victim put back on the ventilator and her condition remains critical, doctors said today. On the other hand, two gang-rape accused once again said they had committed a horrible crime and 'deserved to be hanged'. One voice, one cause | Delhi tops in rape cases among metros

delhi Updated: Dec 27, 2012 02:34 IST

The 23-year-old victim of a brutal gangrape was on Sunday put back on the ventilator and her condition remains critical, though she is conscious and communicating, doctors said today.

The young woman, who was subjected to savage torture and rape by six men a week ago, underwent a minor surgical procedure where her abdomen was given a "wash" and the fluid that had collected was drained, a team of doctors said in a bulletin on the patient's health condition.

The woman's platelet condition has dipped further, from 41,000 in the morning to 19,000 in the evening - an indication of infection in her blood.

"She has now a platelet count of 19,000... her platelet count is fluctuating, and we gave her two units of platelets," said a doctor,

"And because she was in distress, she is back on ventilation support," the expert added.

The patient had shown signs of "breathing distress" due to which she was put through an ultrasound and a CT scan, which showed collection of fluid in her abdomen.

"The ultrasound and CT scan showed fluid collection and we decided to do a thorough wash with antibiotics and put a drain, to check infection and to drain out whatever fluid is collecting," said a doctor.

"She is fully conscious and communicating," said one doctor, adding that the woman was being "made to sit up, and given a sip of water.. we are also doing exercises of her lower limbs and other physiotherapy".

The doctors reiterated that the young woman is still in the critical period of health, "the critical period is not over yet".

The doctors said the woman was given anaesthesia and put on the ventilator before being given the abdomen wash.

"We plan to electively continue with the ventilator..we feel it will help improve her condition... We expect improvement, but she continues to be serious and may need further investigations," the doctor said.

'Hang us'

On the other hand, two gang-rape accused brought before a Delhi court Sunday once again repeated their statement that they had committed a horrible crime and "deserved to be hanged". They, however, refused to undergo an identification exercise.

The court sent the two, along with a co-accused who too did not want to face a witness for the identification drill, to judicial custody till Jan 6.

They were arrested for the gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman in a moving bus here Dec 16.

Metropolitan Magistrate Pawan Kumar sent accused Pawan Gupta, 19, a fruit seller, Vinay Sharma, 20, an assistant gym instructor, and Ram Singh, the bus driver, to 14 days judicial custody, after police said that custodial interrogation was not required.

All the three accused again refused to undergo the test identification parade (TIP) by the male friend of the gang-rape victim.

Gupta and Sharma told the court that "they do not want to undergo the TIP as they have committed a horrible crime and should be hanged for this".

Akshay Thakur, a co-accused arrested from Aurangabad district in Bihar and brought to Delhi Saturday, was remanded in judicial custody Saturday night. He will undergo the identification exercise Dec 26 inside the prison as he had given his consent for it.

Another accused and brother of Ram Singh, Mukesh, was identified as one of the culprits by the victim's male friend, who was also assaulted by the accused during the brutal incident Dec 16.

The sixth accused, claiming to be a juvenile, would face separate proceedings before a Juvenile Justice Board.

The rape and torture occurred when the woman and her friend boarded a private bus in south Delhi after watching a movie.

The woman, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, is in critical condition and battling for life in Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi.

Cops suspended

Delhi Police on Saturday suspended three policemen for allegedly not helping a victim of loot committed, allegedly by six men involved in the gangrape of a girl on last Sunday.

The three were among eight policemen who have been suspended for dereliction of duty.

Three Constables -- Kailash, Ashok and Sandeep -- of Hauz Khas police station were suspended for not helping Ramadhar, who was looted by six men who allegedly raped the 23-year-old girl in a moving bus last Sunday.

Five personnel of Connaught Place police station were also suspended for not taking action against those who were consuming alcohol in the heart of the capital. It came to notice during a surprise visit by home secretary RK Singh Friday night.

Sub Inspector Rajeshwar, Head Constable Inder Pal and Constables Jagmal, Pardeep and Chottelal were suspended.