"The medical expenses bill of the rape victim has been paid to Jaslok Hospital from the CM's Relief Fund. The amount paid is Rs 1,85,859," a spokesperson for Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said on Wednesday.
"Chavan had earlier announced that the government would bear all her expenses," he said.
The victim, an intern with an English magazine, was out on an assignment with her colleague on August 22. She had gone to the deserted Shakti Mills Compound to click some pictures, when they were approached by the accused. After having a brief conversation the accused had called his friends, who then dragged the victim inside the compound.
Shakti Mills is known to be a paradise for drug addicts. After the five took turns to gangrape her, they took her and her friend to the nearby railway station and directed them to go home straight and not to narrate the incident to anyone, threatening them with dire consequences.
The victim, instead of going home, went straight to Jaslok Hospital, where she narrated the entire incident to the hospital staff. The staff then alerted the police.The hospital staff had praised her for her presence of mind as they were able to collect valuable evidence in the case.
The victim underwent treatment for nearly a week and was discharged when the doctors declared her medically fit.