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Mumbai gang-rape: Maharashtra govt to foot medical bill of victim

Maharashtra government will bear the expenses for the treatment of the photojournalist who was gang-raped by five men in Mumbai yesterday, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said here on Friday.

Updated: Aug 23, 2013, 15:48 PM IST

Aurangabad: Maharashtra government will bear the expenses for the treatment of the photojournalist who was gang-raped by five men in Mumbai yesterday, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said here on Friday.
"The state government will bear the expenses for the treatment of the victim of this highly condemnable crime," Chavan told reporters.

He said police have been instructed to apprehend all absconding accused at the earliest and it would be ensured that they are handed down "strictest" punishment.

Chavan, however, deprecated the Opposition`s demand for Home Minister RR Patil`s resignation.

"It is not appropriate (for the Opposition) to demand his (Patil`s) resignation. The job of a Home Minister is difficult. Our state is big. Police department needs to be made more efficient," he said.

PTI