A doctor who medically examined a 25-year-old woman allegedly raped by an Uber driver on December 5 told a Delhi court on Wednesday that the woman was a victim of rape and sexual assault.
The doctor said various injuries on her patient made her come to the conclusion that she was raped.
Hindu Rao hospital’s Dr Neelam told additional sessions judge Kaveri Baweja that she found several scratch marks on the woman’s body and a swelling on her lips. The injuries had been fresh at the time of the medical examination on the morning of January 6, she said.
When the defence counsel cross-examined Dr Neelam -- who is a prosecution witness -- asking for her opinion on the victim’s injuries, she said unequivocally: “I can say that that the victim was raped.”
The court will record the statement of four prosecution witnesses -- an expert of the forensic science laboratory, a doctor and two police officials -- in the case that is being heard daily. The court disposed of the accused’s application which alleged he was threatened and attacked in the prison van by fellow inmates while being taken back to jail after the January 17 court proceedings.
The court directed the police to ensure his security and provide him a separate enclosure in the prison van.
Shiv Kumar Yadav, 32, allegedly raped the woman executive in the cab she hired to head back home in north Delhi area December 5, last year.
The court charged him with rape and causing grievous bodily harm or endangering the life of a woman, kidnapping a woman, criminal intimidation and voluntarily causing hurt last week.