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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 913

Gang-rape victim flown to Singapore in critical condition

From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, 28 December (Asiantribune.com):

The 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim was admitted on Thursday morning to the Mount Elizabeth Hospital's intensive care unit in Singapore in an extremely critical condition.

"The patient arrived at Mount Elizabeth Hospital's intensive care unit this morning in an extremely critical condition," a spokesperson of the hospital said.

"She is being examined and the hospital is working with the Indian high commission. We request that the privacy of the patient and family be respected," the spokesperson said.

As the treatment of the Delhi gang-rape victim Nirbhaya( a symbolic name given to the victim by the TOI) started at Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore, the Union government in New Delhi on Thursday said that the medical process may stretch to many weeks and India would bear all the expenses. It also said the condition of the victim continued to be critical.

Updating her condition and the government's decision to airlift her to Singapore, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said, "arrangements have been made for the family to accompany her as the treatment may stretch to many weeks." He also said that the government had opted for Singapore considering her condition and travel time.

"Considering the travel time, the doctors have suggested Mt Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore. Government have ordered India's high commissioner in Singapore to make necessary arrangements. Indian doctors have spoken to the doctors of the said hospital and shared the details of the patient", said Shinde.

About the decision to take her abroad, he said, "We are all aware of the critical condition of victim. Since the day of the incident, it has been our endeavour to provide her the best of medical care. Despite the best efforts of our doctors, the victim continues to be critical and her fluctuating health remains a big cause of concern to all of us.

Government had stated that it will spare no effort for her treatment. Therefore, when we were advised by a team of doctors that she may be shifted abroad for treatment, the government decided to meet all the costs thereof".

- Asian Tribune -

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