“Conscious, alert and talking” is how the Medical Superintendent at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences here described the condition of the five-year-old rape victim, who was found brutalised, and was transferred to the hospital on Friday in a critical condition.

The announcement about the girl’s health raised the hopes of millions of her well-wishers across the country. The manner in which she had been kidnapped, confined and assaulted over three days by a neighbour at Gandhi Nagar in North East Delhi has shaken the collective conscience of the people.

The outrage was so intense that many of the protesters even reached AIIMS on Friday to demand the strictest of punishment for the culprit, who has since been arrested from Bihar.

Although the girl is reportedly out of danger and “all her vital parameters are under permissible limits,” she is under close observation, the AIIMS official said.

In the medical bulletin read out around noon, Medical Superintendent D.K. Sharma also said the girl underwent surgery on Friday night, hours after she was shifted to the hospital from Swami Dayanand Hospital.

Mr. Sharma said she had suffered severe injuries in her perineum and a colostomy was done to divert stools. On Friday, doctors at Swami Dayanand Hospital said the victim had superficial injuries near the lips and cheek. There was a tear in the vagina and rectum.

While operating on her, the doctors found three candles and a hair-oil bottle inserted inside her, which led to infection in the abdomen.

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