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Dec 19, 2012 at 10:57am IST

Delhi gangrape: Shinde meets police officials, CM to meet women groups

New Delhi: The gangrape of a medical student in a moving bus in Delhi has outraged the nation. The 23-year-victim continues to fight for her life. Doctors treating her say that some of her vital organs have been permanently damaged.

Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde met all top Delhi Police officials and discussed ways to prevent such crimes occurring again. Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has called meeting of all women groups in Delhi at 6 pm on Wednesday. "I want a consensus among all political parties on whether the Delhi Police and law and order should be under the Delhi government," Dikshit told CNN-IBN.

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This comes hours after Congress President Sonia Gandhi sent letters to Shinde and Dikshit seeking immediate action. Sonia Gandhi also visited the victim's family at Safdarjung Hospital late on Tuesday night and inquired about the victim's health.

Four people, including the prime accused, have been arrested. Bus driver Ram Singh has been sent to five-day custody. Police say all six accused will now be charged with attempt to murder. Two accused, though, are still absconding.

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Meanwhile, the victim's health continued to be critical and she was on ventilator support. While the victim's health deteriorated on Tuesday night, shock and anger over the case and crime against women continued on the streets.

Speaking to CNN-IBN, activists and former police officers voiced out their anger over the case and gave suggestions like increasing police presence immediately, creating a citizen volunteer force and ensuring speedier justice in rape cases.

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"Increase police presence overnight, which means from tomorrow re-allocate over 600 PCR vans at vulnerable points at night and those PCR vans must be supported by citizen bodies and civil defence and a woman policeman. We created this kind of a citizen volunteer force, why have those good practices gone," former IPS officer and activist Kiran Bedi said.

BJP leader Smriti Irani said if severe action is not taken, there will come a day when women will just shoot the rapists in the head without worrying about the law. "I said that today in Parliament that we are giving soundbites, we are giving speeches but the reality is that those who want to do crime against women are looming large in Delhi without fear of the law. If the most severe punishment is not given to such heinous criminals there will come a day in India when a mother like me will shoot these rapists in the head without a care for what the law has to say for it," Smriti Irani.

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There were also protests with people gathering in huge numbers at several parts of Delhi. The students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University held protests and blocked the Ring Road during the day on Tuesday. There was also a candle-light vigil at India Gate on Tuesday evening. These protests are likely to continue for more days.

Medical bulletin of the victim:

Amidst the arrests and the investigation by the police in the shocking case, the health of the victim has deteriorated again. While her condition got better on Tuesday morning, she was again put on ventilator in the evening, according to the medical update from the Safdarjung hospital.

The Safdarjung hospital has said that the condition of the victim has deteriorated. According to the hospital, while the condition of the victim got better on Tuesday morning, but had to be put on ventilator again in the evening.

The hospital further said, "This is a severe and a very unusual case which the hospital has never seen in terms of the injuries...she has received severe genital and intestinal injuries."

The hospital also did not rule out septicemia and gangrene, which is quite likely in cases like these.

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