Panel to oversee gang-rape victim’s treatment

The condition of the 15-year-old schoolgirl who was gang-raped for three days in Tangail has ‘slightly improved’ at Dhaka Medical College Hospital where authorities formed a medical team on Thursday to oversee her treatment.

Dr Bilkis Begum, coordinator of the One Stop Crisis Centre where the girl was transferred from Tangail hospital on Monday night told that her condition was improving.

“When she was brought in (to the centre), she was writhing in agony, she was restless. We put her to bed. But now she seems better. Today she has been sleeping holding her mother,” Bilkis said on Thursday.

She said the seven-member medical team formed by the Dhaka medical college hospital director would coordinate the whole treatment.

Chief of the Department of Neuromedicine Prof Quazi Deen Mohammad is heading the committee . The head of the psychiatry department Dr Abdullah-al-Mamun, is also in the committee alongwith other senior doctors.

The schoolgirl was lured on Dec 7 by four men using her friend Bithi Akhter Eva, who took the girl out saying they would go to a wedding ceremony.

But she was confined to a house in Tangail’s Modhupur area and gang-raped for three days by the four men.

All the accused have been arrested and are on remand to facilitate interrogation.

The gang-rape comes at a time when neighbour India is in furore over the death of a medical student who was gangraped last month in a bus in Delhi , an incident that triggered nationwide outrage and violent protests.

Different organisation in Bangladesh are also protesting the Modhupur gang-rape and demanding severe punishment of the rapists.

Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir has promised swift justice in the case.

However, opposition BNP has lashed out at the government and said it would bear all medical expenses of the victim.

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