New Delhi: The condition of the five-year-old rape victim is ‘gradually’ improving but it will be at least two weeks before she is discharged from the hospital in the capital where activists on Sunday staged protests demanding resignation of Delhi Police chief.
        
The child is responding well to the antibiotics, Dr DK Sharma, Medical Superintendent of AIIMS, where the girl was admitted two days back, told reporters. "We are trying to control the infection in her body and she is responding well. It will take at least two weeks to discharge her from the hospital," he said. The victim has undergone colostomy and other surgical procedures for her injuries.
    
"She is showing gradual recovery and has slept well in the night. At present her vital parameters are stable. She is conscious, alert and talking to parents, doctors and nurses. She is having mild fever which is showing improvement. As such there is no danger to her life," Sharma said.
    
Meanwhile, Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said  that 22-year-old Manoj Kumar, arrested in the rape case from Bihar on Saturday and flown to Delhi last evening, will be produced in a court on Monday.

On reports of involvement of a second person in the incident, a senior Delhi Police officer said investigations were on with regard to another person raping or helping the accused to flee from the capital after the incident on April 15.
    
The police spokesman issued a statement denying ‘rumours’ of a second accused being nabbed. "We are questioning Kumar. As of now he has not told us about a second accused. Further investigations and interrogation are on," the official said.    
    
The child was brutally raped and assaulted allegedly by Kumar while being held captive and starved for two days in east Delhi's Gandhi Nagar. She also contracted infection from foreign objects inserted in her body.

(Agencies)

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