Pipili rape victim shifted under HC order

Last Updated: Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 00:02

Cuttack: The Pipili gang rape victim, whose condition had moved Orissa High Court, was on Wednesday shifted to SCB Medical College here for treatment by specialists.
The 19-year old Dalit girl, who is in coma since the
incident on November 28 last year, has been admitted to the
central ICU of the hospital where a team of multi-disciplinary
experts are attending to her.

A lady constable has been deputed to guard the girl,
while the city police also stepped up security in and around
the hospital as per the orders of the HC, which also directed
providing her free treatment.

Hearing the case in the morning, the HC division bench
headed by Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda had ordered the chief
medical officer of the medical college hospital to shift the
victim safely to Cuttack from Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar
after considering the opinion of the latter`s chief medical
officer.
She was shifted in an ambulance accompanied by doctors
as per the division bench`s order and Bhubaneswar police were
directed to provide security to the victim during the
shifting.

The HC also modified its order passed on Tuesday and
directed the state crime branch police to investigate the
matter and submit a status report of the case to the court on
January 16 after arresting all the four accused persons named
in the FIR of the case.

Earlier, the Puri district superintendent of police was
directed to arrest the accused and submit the status report.
But as the matter is now being handled by the crime branch
police, the order was modified.

The HC adjourned the hearing of the case to Friday and
directed SCB medical college hospital superintendent to submit
a detailed report on the girl`s condition and treatment to the
court on that day.

The bench also directed the medical college hospital
authorities to ensure that an effective nurse be deputed for
her care.

On the safety and security of the victim, the HC asked
Cuttack DCP to increase hospital surveillance so that neither
the accused persons in the case or any other outsider
interfere in the treatment and security of the victim.

The DCP is also asked to submit a report about these
aspects to the court on Friday.
Meanwhile, a team of the investigating agency met the
family members of the victim and another team visited the spot
of crime.

With the High Court and Orissa Human Rights Commission
(OHRC) expressing concern over the rape of the dalit girl,
opposition Congress and BJP have demanded a CBI probe into the
episode.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 00:02

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