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Delhi gangrape victim stable, still on ventilator; protests continue

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Dec 21, 2012 at 10:23am IST

New Delhi: The 23-year-old physiotherapist, victim of a brutal gangrape and assault, is stable and conscious, the doctors attending to her said on Thursday. However, she is not completely out of danger yet, they added. The young woman continues to be on ventilator support and a serious infection in her abdomen and the amount of blood loss are among the primary concerns of the doctors.

Her platelet count too has been diminishing, the doctors said. However, they lauded her spirit saying she was a fighter and continued to communicate through gestures and written notes with her mother and the doctors.

Meanwhile, the 23-year-old's male friend identified Mukesh, one of the accused, during the test identification parade at Tihar jail on Thursday.

The police also sent evidence collected from the bus and the clothes of the accused for forensic examination.

On Friday, the Delhi Police will submit its status report on the case to the High Court. The police will explain why its forces failed to stop the bus even though it crossed five pickets during the horrific incident.

Various organisations have planned protests for Friday at various points across the city. Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party will hold a protest at Jantar Mantar in the afternoon.

On Thursday, a students' delegation met Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and submitted a petition demanding justice for the victim.

Dikshit assured them action and promised to set up a special unit for women in distress at the CM's office. "Any girl who feels she's in trouble can call that number and she'll be given assistance. Also the nearest police station will be informed of her whereabouts."

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