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DU student rape: DMCH director says victim's general health condition improving

  • Published at 03:06 pm January 7th, 2020
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He hopes that they will be able to discharge her within one or two days

Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) Director Brig Gen Dr AKM Nasir Uddin has said the general health conditions of the DU student, who was raped at Kurmitola, is improving.

He made the statement to the reporters at the hospital on Tuesday when asked about the conditions of the victim, who is now undergoing treatment in DMCH's One-Stop Crisis Center.

He said: "As you [reporters] know, a seven member medical board has been formed who treated the victim. They found that her physical conditions have shown much improvement."

However, she is mentally traumatized and the hospital authorities have appointed a psychiatric specialist to talk to her and give her some advice, he added.

The director said: "I was there with her and saw that she is healing progressively better and regaining her strength."

We hope that with doctors' advice, we will be able to discharge her within one or two days, he added.

Earlier on Sunday evening, the victim, a second year female student, was raped by unidentified assailant(s) at a secluded place in the city’s Kurmitola area. She left the campus on board a university bus and headed for her friend's house at Khilkhet's Shewra neighbourhood.

On her way, she by got off at Kurmitola by mistake around 7pm, her friends and teachers told reporters after she was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) around midnight on Sunday. 

As the news spread, protests sparked across the capital on Monday over the rape, with protesters taking to the streets demanding arrest of the culprit within 48 hours. Students marched down or occupied some key roads of the city to demand punishment to the rapist.

Santrash Birodhi Chhatra Oikya, an alliance of 12 student bodies, blocked Shahbagh intersection for about one hour on Monday, and demonstrated.

Meanwhile, the case filed by the victim's father with Cantonment police station has been transferred to the Detective Branch (DB) of police on Monday night, Cantonment police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Kazi Shahan Haque told Dhaka Tribune.