Rayagada rape victim stable: Doctors

Bhubaneswar/Vishakhapatnam: The 16-year-old gang rape victim who was shifted to Care hospital in Vishakhapatnam on Monday evening is stable, doctors said.

“Presently she is fully conscious. She is oriented and her vital conditions are stable,” said Dr PR Prasad, surgeon, Care hospital.

“Though she is in depressive state, we are giving all sorts of treatment under the guidance of plastic surgery critical case specialists and gynecologists,” added Prasad saying the girl has received per cent burn injuries.

The victim is undergoing treatment in intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital at KGH road.

Meanwhile, State Commission for Women (SCW) chairperson Lopamudra Buxipatra has left for Vishakhapatnam to meet the victim who was admitted to the Care hospital at 8pm after being denied admission by Sheven Hills hospital in the port city.

On Monday the state government decided to shift the Rayagada rape victim to Vishakhapatnam as her condition continued to deteriorate.

Rayagada Collector Sashibhushan Padhi had said, "The 16-year-old gang-rape victim has been shifted to Vizag for better treatment and we have requested the state government to bear the victim’s medical expenses."

The victim, a resident of Anjipetta area in Rayagada town, had attempted self-immolation on January 3 after she was allegedly gang-raped by three youths the previous day.

The incident came to light when the victim regained sense on Sunday and narrated the shocking story. According to her statement, she was returning home on the fateful evening on January 2 while three youths dragged her to a nearby lonely place and raped.
Meanwhile Rayagada police claimed to have arrested all the three accused in the case.

Voicing support for the victim, the Rayagada lawyers’ association on Monday staged a day-long cease-work and decided not to defend the accused. Congress too staged a road blockade at Kapilas Road disrupting vehicular movement on the road.

The tribal-dominated town woke up to the heinous crime on Monday after college students in large numbers took out a protest rally in the town against the crime and demanded death penalty for those guilty of rape.