A college student in Delhi has gone through two operations since an iron rod was shoved down her throat by a man who tried to rape her.
The assault on the 19-year-old student in her home in Lajpat Nagar in South Delhi shook the capital, where two months ago, a medical student was fatally gang-raped and hit by an iron rod on a moving bus, triggering massive protests and new anti-rape laws.
On Monday night, an electrician who was known to the student in Lajpat Nagar forced his way into her apartment and tried to rape her. When she shouted for help, he pushed an iron rod into her mouth to silence her. But her neighbours, who had heard her cries, rushed over and moved her to hospital. The electrician has been arrested.
The next day, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit referred to the Lajpat Nagar assault and said, "Women still do not feel safe in Delhi."
"The doctors have performed two surgeries on her throat, but still she can't speak. Otherwise her condition is better now," a senior police official told news agency IANS.
"The women has been admitted to AIIMS. She is likely to be discharged in the next two days," the official said.