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Culprits should be punished, writes Delhi's rape victim


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New Delhi, Dec 21: She is struggling to survive in Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital. Doctors treating the 23-year-old victim of Delhi's gangrape said her condition is "critical". The "brave" girl who is giving her best fight to survive the crisis hours of her life wants the rapists to be punished. Although she is not in a state to talk, she is communicating with her family members by scribbling notes. In one of her notes, the victim wrote, "The culprits should be punished."

She had also enquired whether the "culprits have been caught?" She had asked about her male friend who was beaten up by the rapists when he tried to protect her, said a doctor at Safdarjung Hospital. On Thursday, the 28-year-old friend identified one of the four arrested accused, driver-cum cleaner Mukesh, during a test identification parade in Tihar Jail, the police said.

Mukesh had agreed to the identification check when he was produced in a court here on Wednesday. Other accused - his brother Ram Singh, Pawan and Vinay - had refused stand for the same. Apart from gangrape, kidnapping and other related charges, the four men have also been booked for an attempt to murder and destruction of evidence.

Doctors said that the victim, a medical student, was conscious and in a stable condition, but warned that there was still danger of infection. "She is alert, conscious. She is making an attempt to breathe on her own. Our immediate and foremost aim is to get her out of ICU and get her stable," said BD Athani, medical superintendent of the Safdarjung Hospital. According to One of the doctors who is treating the 23-year-old victim they have an "extremely unusual case".

"In 30 years as a surgeon, I have not seen such a grave injury to the intestines in any case of sexual assault. None of us have seen such a case," said Sunil Jain, a specialist in general surgery. Athani called her a brave girl. "The girl has an immense fighting spirit," he said. The victim, who was on ventilator support, made attempts to breathe on her own on Thursday. Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit said both central and Delhi governments could take her abroad for better treatment if her condition improved.

"We are ready to take her to any part of the world for better treatment. But to take her abroad, her condition has to improve as she is in a very critical condition," Dikshit told reporters. Meanwhile, protests over the horrific incident, which took place on Sunday, continued in the national capital. Demonstrations were reported in front of Diskhit's residence, near the India Gate and other places.

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