Rape victim stable, no reconstructive surgery for now

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The five-year-old girl who was brutally raped here is in “stable” condition after a surgery, and may not undergo any reconstructive surgery for now, a doctor said Sunday.

“Her condition is stable. She is recovering,” D.K. Sharma, medical superintendent of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), told IANS.

“There was a fresh medical evaluation of the girl’s condition and she continues to be under observation,” he said.

On whether the girl may need to undergo any reconstructive surgery as she suffered severe injuries to her private parts, Sharma said: “For now, no such surgery will be done on her. May be after couple of months… but we will have to see if there is a need.”

Earlier Sunday morning, giving details of the girls’s overnight medical condition, Sharma had said that she was stable and “responding well to treatment”.

“Her vital parameters are ok and she faces no threat to her life. She is alert and spoke to her parents and doctors,” said the medical superintendent of AIIMS adding that she had “mild fever”.

He said the girl, raped by her 22-year-old neighbour, had undergone “colostomy” surgery. This is a procedure to create an alternative route for stool to pass.

Asked if the girl understood what she had undergone, the doctor said that she was perhaps too young to understand what happened.

“I will not say she is scared, perhaps she is too young to understand the gravity of her condition,” he said.

Meanwhile, protests continued Sunday outside AIIMS, where around 25-30 people had assembled, demanding justice for the rape victim.

Holding placards, the demonstrators raised slogans like: “Damini ko nyaay do” (give justice to the girl) and “Naari ke samaan mei, hum hai maidan mei” (we are in the field to protect honour of women).

“We are demanding justice not just for this girl but for every other woman. The rapists should be ostracised and then hanged,” said Abdul Hadi, a protester from Aligarh.

Vikas Tyagi, 30, a resident of Delhi, said the death penalty was the only way to stop rapes. “We demand that the culprit be hanged till death. Only then it will establish fear in the hearts of such people,” he said.

“Both police and government are equally responsible for the incident. The police is corrupt, insensitive and listen only to their political masters. We seek police reform and action against erring police officials,” said Sunil Kumar Arya, an Aam Aaadmi Party activist.

To enable easy entry and exit for patients and ambulances, police have barricaded the main entrance to AIIMS.

On Saturday, many protesters had held protest outside the hospital, and blocked movement of ambulances too.

The five-year-old victim was shifted to the premier hospital Friday evening. She was warded since Wednesday morning at the city’s Swami Dyanand hospital after her family rescued her.

The girl had been abducted, sexually assaulted and tortured in captivity by her 22-year-old neighbour in east Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar area.

A joint team of Delhi and Bihar Police succeeded in nabbing the accused, Manoj Kumar, from his in-laws’ house in Chitkouna village in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district early Saturday. He was flown to Delhi in a chartered plane and is being interrogated by police.

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