"Have they been caught?" asks Delhi gang rape victim
As the young paramedical student battled for life bravely four days after the brutal gangrape, her male friend who was with her identified one of the accused during a Test Identification Parade (TIP) on Thursday.
"Have they been caught," asked the 23-year-old student when her family members met her at Safdarjung hospital where doctors said their "immediate and foremost concern" was to get the battered victim -- whose intestines have been surgically removed -- out of Intensive Care Unit(ICU) and make her stable.
Sources said the girl, who remained critical but stable, cannot speak as she has a tube in her mouth and communicates by writing on paper.
"She is aware that the media has taken up the case. The girl asked her family whether the accused have been caught," they said.
Having undergone a surgery to remove her gangrenous intestine, the girl passed an "uneventful night" and is "stable, alert and conscious", doctors said, adding she remained on ventilatory support and her vital parameters are within acceptable limits.
The girl's male friend, an engineer in a software company who was in the bus, identified Mukesh, one of the six accused, during TIP at Tihar jail, a senior police official said.
Eleven people were paraded before him during TIP which started at 3:05 PM and lasted for an hour.
"The procedures ended by 4 PM," the official said.
Of the six accused, four have been arrested, one detained and another remains at large.
Concerned over the health of the girl who was gang-raped in a moving bus on Sunday night, students including from Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU) poured into Safdarjung hospital in New Delhi and held a candlelight vigil.
Like Wednesday, the Capital again witnessed a series of protests in front of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's residence India Gate and Safdarjang hospital.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said both central and Delhi governments want to take the girl to any part of the world for better treatment when her condition improves.
At Safdarjung hospital, young girls in small groups also came to express solidarity with the victim and wanted to meet her in the ICU.
Around 150 medical aspirants with their mouth tied with black cloth held a protest outside the hospital demanding justice for the victim. As dusk fell, a candlelight vigil was staged in fron of the hospital.
A day after Government announced measures in a bid to restore confidence of women in the wake of the dastardly crime, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said it is pressing for punishment for the accused so that it becomes a "deterrent" for others.