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Officials are promising a broad campaign to protect women on buses

Rape victim showing signs of deadly sepsis caused by severe infection, her doctor says

  • Activists of the All India Democratic Women’s Association and Young Women’s ChristianAssociation (YWCA) and Image Credit: AP
  • Students shout slogans and demand severe punishment forrapists as they condemn the gang-rape of a student inImage Credit: AP
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New Delhi: Indian officials are promising a broad campaign to protect women on buses as they arrested a fifth person in connection with the rape and brutal beating of a woman on a bus in New Delhi.

Home Secretary R.K. Singh said on Friday that bus drivers would be required to display their identification prominently, buses would be forced to remove tinting from their windows and plain clothes police would be placed on buses to protect female passengers.

The 23-year-old victim was showing early signs of sepsis, a potentially deadly medical condition characterised by a whole-body inflammatory state caused by severe infection, doctors said.

“Infection is setting in. These are early signs of sepsis,” B.D. Hathani, medical superintendent of Safdarjung Hospital, said.

“To fight the infection, we are administering antibiotics to the patient. We are also maintaining the highest levels of hygiene in her ward. I request members of the public to try and not visit the victim’s ward, so that its level of hygiene is maintained,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court on Friday said it is not “convinced” with the status report filed by the Delhi Police which did not mention the details of the police officials patrolling the area where the woman was gang-raped in a moving bus.

A division bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, after going through the report, said: “We, in the earlier order, directed the Commissioner of Police to file a report giving details of police officials patrolling in the area and the action taken by police in this aspect.”

“On the above aspect, a report is filed. We have gone through the report and we are not convinced. None of the details of the police officials has been mentioned,” said the court expressing its displeasure at the police for not filing the detailed report.

The report is insufficient, it said.

On Friday, the Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit admitted that she did not have the courage to meet the victim in hospital and also that she is unhappy with Delhi being labelled as India’s rape capital.

Dikshit also said that her “hands are tied” regarding law and order as it does not fall under the Delhi government.

Delhi has reported over 600 cases of rape this year, according to police.

“I frankly did not have the courage to see her, I only met her parents and doctors. It would not have been right to break down in front of her parents. The incident has touched the pinnacle of cruelty and insensitivity both by police and society,” Dikshit told NDTV news channel.

“This case is the most painful thing I have seen happening as chief minister or a citizen.”

On Delhi being labelled as “rape capital”, the chief minister said: “I do not like my city being described as rape capital but it is out in the open that it has become one. I have a daughter and daughter-in-law. I am concerned about all girls in the city.”



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India has reached this stage where a girl is so brutally gang-raped in a bus moving through the streets bustling with people because till now the lawyers of the rapists have always found a loop hole to defend their clients and more horrifying those loop holes have been accepted as well.Even society accepts the reasons bandied out by the rapists. Some of the reasons given for ‘justifying’ the rape are: 1. She wastravelling at night alone, so she ‘deserved’ to be rape. 2. She was dressed in ‘that’ way, so she provoked the rapists. 3. She was coming out of a bar, so that’s against the Indian culture, so to defend the honour of India, she must be raped. 4. She looked at him in an ‘inviting’ way, so she was asking to be raped. 5. She did not look at him, so she was taught a lesson. 6. She was travelling with a guy at night, so she was up for some ‘fun’. 7. She protested against some eve-teasing, so… The bottom line is that almost always the rape has been considered the ‘fault’ of the girl. Plus, the eluding justice, lack of trust in the police, politicians, and the general stigma associated with rape and the apathy of the Indian society as a whole leads to such incidents being brushed under the carpet. But, as the latest incident has proved, the problem is only increasing. The rapists are becoming more blatant, assured that they will escape or get a soft tap on their hands. Earlier girls were not supposed to roam around at 12 night, now it is 9, and if nothing is done about this, then it will come down to 6, 4, 2 and ultimately, the girls will be forced to sit at home. But, then with the incidents of fathers/uncles raping their daughters/nieces, I don't see where a girl can actually live without fear! Law against rapist must be implemented and the punishment should be swift. There is no excuse for a rape and only the maximum punishment can deter such incidents. The rapists should go through such hell and the result of raping be so apparent that no one should even think of raping. Even the death penalty will be most welcome.

Sreekala Gopakumar

23 December 2012 09:45jump to comments