Victim off the ventilator; her condition is critical but stable, say doctors

The Jawaharlal Nehru University authorities will hold a special counselling session next week for those students who allegedly witnessed their classmate being hacked by another with an axe on Wednesday morning. The classroom where the grisly crime was purportedly committed in the School of Languages has been sealed and classes have been suspended until Monday.

“On Tuesday when the students return, we will first have a counselling session for them and after that, another counselling session for our first-year undergraduate students from the School of Languages, some of whom will be attending their first ever class in the university,” said JNU Vice-Chancellor S.K. Sopory.

The students of third-year Korean studies had just finished a lecture and were in the middle of a break, waiting for the second lecture to begin, when the accused Akash walked in, armed with an axe, a country-made pistol and a bottle of poison. A few shots fired sent some of his classmates, who tried to intervene, scurrying for cover and out of the room after which, within a few minutes he attacked the victim, Roshani, and then cut himself with a knife and consumed poison.

The boy died and the girl continues to battle for her life in Safdarjung Hospital. On Friday, the hospital said the condition of Roshani was “critical but stable”. A senior doctor said, “She was taken off the ventilator in the morning and there was slight movement of limbs.”

In view of the impact the incident had on the other students of the class, the University authorities believe the students who learned more than just Korean on that fateful Wednesday will have to be counselled.

Prof. Sopory also said that in a meeting with the Dean and Chairman of the School of Languages, the university had decided that a permanent counsellor will be appointed for this school exclusively, as it is the only school in the entire university that has under-graduate students. “Right now we have a psychiatrist who comes in three times a week but he is for the whole university.”

Since the class where the incident took place will not be unsealed before the crime scene investigation is fully completed, some other classrooms in the building will be arranged for conduct of Korean classes. Otherwise, classes for the remaining language studies have been going on as usual.

Meanwhile, GSCASH, the gender sensitisation committee of the university, that is made up of students and teachers, has also decided to hold a counselling session on Saturday for all university students who may be interested. Psychiatrists will be called in from outside and they will counsel students on how best to handle situations like stalking and relationships gone bad and other tricky situations.

The students’ union too were planning to hold a public meeting late on Friday night to talk about what happened and what to do to help prevent such incidents.

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