'Gang-rape victim's health remains a big cause of concern'

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 27, 2012 07:03 hrs

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Thursday said that the condition of the gang-rape victim continues to be critical, and added that her fluctuating health remains a big cause of concern.

In a statement on the condition of the gang rape victim presently being treated at Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Shinde said it has been the government's endeavour to provide her the best of medical care.

"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," he said.

Asserting that the government had stated that it will spare no effort for her treatment, Shinde said: "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. 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," he added.

Shinde further said that arrangements have also been made for the family to accompany her as the treatment may stretch to many weeks.

The girl has remained on ventilator support during most part of her treatment here since she was admitted to Safdarjung Hospital on December 16 after she was gang-raped in a moving bus that night in South Delhi that sparked a nation-wide outrage.

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