Pipili rape victim shifted under HC order

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.