Mother, I want to live: Delhi gangrape victim

Even as Delhi's 23-year-old gangrape victim's condition deteriorated, she has shown immense spirit to live.

According to television reports, in a written communication to her mother, the girl has said: "Maa, main jeena chahti hoon" (Mother, I want to live).

Several politicians have been visiting the girl at Safdarjung Hospital where she was admitted after being brutally sexually assaulted in a moving bus on Sunday night.

Mother, I want to live: Delhi gangrape victim
National Federation of Indian Women activists shout slogans during a protest following the gangrape of a student in the capital. Pic/AFP

On Tuesday night, Congress president Sonia Gandhi also visited the hospital to meet the rape victim.

Her condition, which had improved a little after she was operated upon on Sunday night, deteriorated Monday evening. Doctors are battling to keep infections at bay as the injuries are extensive. Her platelet count had dropped, with blood pressure being unstable.

The next 24 hours are critical. If she pulls through, her chances of survival will improve, say doctors.

Specialists from AIIMS trauma centre have been called in before doctors decide whether the girl needs to be operated upon further. They hope to curb further spread of infection.

Meanwhile, taking suo motu cognisance of the gruesome incident, Delhi High Court asked Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar to file the status report in two days.

Delhi High Court, which rapped the police for failing to prevent the rape in a moving bus, asked the government to provide best medical facilities to the victim and her friend.

Four of the six men who allegedly raped the girl have been arrested. The driver of the bus, in which she was gangraped and tortured, has been remanded to police custody for five days. Serch is on for two more culprits who are absconding.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has also issued notices to Home Ministry and Delhi Police and sought a report on the incident within two weeks.  

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