Delhi bus horror: Girl tortured heinously before she was gangraped, say Safdarjung docs

Delhi gang rape

The 23-year-old medical student who was gangraped inside a moving chartered bus on Sunday night is fighting for life in the ICU of the Safdarjung Hospital.

The girl is on ventilator support.

Describing it as "probably the most grievous" rape case they have handled at the hospital, doctors said the victim, a paramedic student, was subjected to extensive torture before she was raped, leading to severe injuries that could be life threatening.

Senior doctors said the woman, after a medical examination, had to undergo emergency surgery that lasted from 2 am to 5 am. "This was much more than rape. There were extensive injuries... It appears that a blunt object had been used repeatedly," a doctor said.

Dr B D Athani, medical superintendent at Safdarjung Hospital, said: "She was rushed to our emergency section around 11 pm where a medical examination was performed. Preliminary X-rays indicated severe abdominal injury, so we rushed her into surgery. Her condition remains very critical."

Doctors said despite her injuries, the young woman was "oriented and conscious" during the medical examination. Before she was anaesthetised for surgery, she constantly inquired about her friend who was also brought to the hospital.

A senior doctor from the Department of Surgery said, "After the basic examination, she was put under the care of the surgery department. We attempted an intestine repair surgery, but the nature of injuries was so grievous that there was not much that could be done." Her condition, remains critical despite a steady dose of antibiotics.

"The nature of injuries is such that the threat of infection, leading to gangrene, and eventually septicaemia, or a severe infection in the blood, is immense. We are pumping her with antibiotics," the doctor said.

Besides internal injuries, doctors said the victim also had multiple bruises all over her body. "There are marks on her face and upper body. She seems to have been hit multiple times by the blunt object, especially on the face," the doctor said.

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