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Delhi gangrape victim stable and alert

Posted on Dec 20, 01:51PM | IBNS

The Delhi girl gangraped and brutalized inside a bus on Sunday night last is stable and withstood operations showing immense fighting spirit and mental alertness, though she remained critical even on Thursday morning, said the doctors attending her at Safdarjung Hospital.

"Last night was uneventful and in the morning the girl continues to be in a stable condition. Her vital parametres like blood pressure, respiratory rate, urine output are within acceptable limits and she is making an attempt to breathe on her own," said Dr BD Ashthani, the Medical Superintendent of Safdarjung Hospital.

The doctor, who said she is not out of danger yet, will put her on TPN ( total parenteral nutrition) because of her intestinal loss.

"She has to come out of this acute crisis. If she passes this acute stage we can talk about survival," said Dr Ashthani.

"We still have to still depend on TPN provided through intravenous route. She is conscious. She is alert and can communicate. She is not able to talk because of a tube," said the doctor who said the girl underwent two surgeries so far.

"We are not disturbing again and again for communication," he said.

"The girl has an immense fighting spirit. Needless for me to repeat that today is fourth day since she has sustained this kind of grievous injury and she has been stable and remained most alert," he said.

Another doctor said in the medical history of the hospital they had not seen a rape victim so brutally assaulted in the past.

Meanwhile, protests swept India as people from all walks of life on Wednesday took to streets expressing their angst following the gang rape and brutalization of the medical student on a bus in Delhi, even as administrators sought to pacify the outrage with talk of action. The girl's male companion was also hit with a rod but his injury was not so serious and police based their case on his statement of the horrific night.

Hundreds gathered at India Gate in Delhi on Wednesday evening with banners and placards, holding candlelight vigils and performing street plays.

A group of around 200 students tried to march to Raisina Hill, where several ministries, the Prime Minister's office and Rashtrapati Bhawan are located and were stopped by police.

Sensing the outpouring dissent fanned by relentless live television coverage, representatives of the students were then invited to meet Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde at his home following which they gave him a 10-point demand.

Throughout the day, the capital and other cities witnessed rallies, as people demanded a swift trial of the six men accused in the case, and new laws with heftier punishment for those convicted of rape.

Three of the arrested accused - Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma - have confessed to their crime in a Delhi court on Wednesday. Earlier main accused, bus driver Ram Singh, was sent to police custody by a court.

The court remanded Vinay and Pawan to four-day police custody while Mukesh was sent to 14-day judicial custody.

Confessing to his crime, Pawan told the court: "I've done a horrible crime..I accept I am guilty. I should be hanged."

Vinay said: "We hit the boy (victim's male friend) but not the girl."

Pawan and Vinay refused to undergo identification test but Mukesh agreed to do so, reports said.

The court said he will undergo the test on Thursday at Tihar jail here.

The police, meanwhile, have detained the fifth accused from Bihar's Aurangabad district.

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday demanded a status report on the case within 48 hours from the Delhi Police.

The high court also cleared the formation of fast track courts to try the cases of rape following request by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to allow quick setting up of fast track courts.

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Wednesday told Parliament that there would be an immediate crackdown on all buses with tinted glasses and the vehicles would have to keep their lights on during night.

He said there would be more Police Control Room (PCR) fleet with deployment of more number of vehicles and they would be GPS (Global Positioning System) enabled.

Clamour for death sentence for rapists and security of women gained momentum as a nationwide outrage followed over the gangrape and atrocities on the 23-year-old medical student.