Dalit rape victim responding to treatment

There has been a slight improvement in the condition of the 19-year-old Dalit rape victim and she is now in a semi comatose state.

Cuttack: There has been a slight
improvement in the condition of the 19-year-old Dalit rape
victim and she is now in a semi comatose state, medical
college hospital said.

This was informed by the SCB Hospital authorities to
the Odisha High Court on Friday. Following the HC order, the girl
who was allegedly raped in November last year was shifted here
in coma stage on Wednesday.

Taking note of the health status report of the girl
submitted by the hospital superintendent, the High Court
further directed the respondent to give the best treatment to
the victim.

"If required, services of super specialists from
outside the state at the cost of state government may be
availed," directed the division bench of Chief Justice V
Gopala Gowda and Justice S K Mishra.

Deciding to closely monitor the health condition of
the victim and the treatment given to her, the High Court also
directed the hospital superintendent to submit a further
status report to the Court on Monday.

Earlier in the day, the Hospital authorities informed
the court that the patient is now being attended by a team of
super specialists drawn from neurology, neurosurgery,
orthopaedic, obstetrics and regional spinal cord injury

The superintendent also said that the patient is under
observation round the clock and he is keeping a close watch of
her on hourly basis.

"The patient is semi comatose and although critically
ill, has shown slight improvement on hospitalisation. Her
chemical analysis shows of partial hanging and she is given
free treatment. Even the costly MRI test of brain was done
from hospital users` fund," the health status report said.

Meanwhile, the High Court also took note of the
report submitted by the city DCP regarding the safety and
security of the victim in the hospital.

The DCP in his report has said that three lady
constables are posted at the ICU where the patient is now
undergoing treatment. Similarly, a lady sub-inspector along
with armed police has been posted at the Hospital to augment
the security and meet any eventuality, the police report said.

The High Court had earlier directed the state crime
branch police who are now investigating into the alleged rape
case, to submit its action taken report to the court on Monday
after apprehending the four accused named in the FIR.