The condition of JNU student Roshini Gupta, 22, has improved and she has been shifted out of the intensive care unit (ICU) at Safdarjung Hospital on Monday.
“Though she is still in a state of post-traumatic amnesia, she is being fed without the tube. Her family is with her and I have asked them to feed her as much as possible. She is not speaking much but has been able to recognise her family,” said Dr Karam Chand, head of neurosurgery department, Safdarjung Hospital.
Gupta had been brutally attacked with an axe by her classmate at the university campus on July 31. Gupta had severe injuries on her skull and her brain cover was damaged after the assault.
“We have removed the stitches on her head and her wounds her healing fast. She was given juice this morning and a soft diet like ‘khichdi’ has been recommended. We have to assess her health conditions for a few more days before discharging her,” the doctor added.
Gupta’s classmate Akash Kumar, 23, had hit her repeatedly with an axe on her head in a classroom on the campus. He had then committed suicide.
Kumar had also written a four-page suicide note in Hindi, highlighting the ego clash between them. His note said that she had been trying to distance herself from him. Gupta’s family members have, however, claimed that she had no relationship with her assailant.
The incident has forced the central university to take steps to futher promote and create awareness about gender sensitisation on campus. The university’s gender sensitisation committee has planned to start special counselling for students who have been through difficult breakups.