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Gangrape: Docs ask protesters to leave Safdarjung Hospital

December 21, 2012 19:23 IST

"Free the hospital from protests. Your agitation should not serve as an obstacle for others," doctors treating the 23-year-old gang-rape victim at the Safdarjung Hospital made this appeal to the people who have been protesting outside the premises since Monday.

People, including politicians, should also avoid coming to the hospital to meet the victim as she is being treated at the ICU, they said.

"We have an appeal to the people. Please free the hospital from protests. It should not serve as an obstacle for others, to the movement of ambulance and supply line vehicles. A peaceful atmosphere should be maintained at the hospital premises," said Dr B D Athani, medical superintendent of Safdarjung Hospital.

Other doctors said a total of 3,000 patients have been admitted in various blocks in the hospital and protests should not affect them.

Ever since Sunday's incident, protests have broken out across Delhi, with people making the hospital one of the focal points of the agitation.

On politicians visiting the hospital, he said, "One of the main issues with the ICU is that we have to maintain the highest level of cleanliness as well as a septic atmosphere".

"Parents (of the victim) are also requesting this. We are requesting all of you to not to engage them in conversation because ever since they are with the patient, they have been asked to, forced to talk," he said.

"Let them take care of their daughter who is in the ICU with severe injuries. Parents are definitely willing to talk to the concerned authorities, who really need to talk to her," he said.

Asked whether this applied to politicians as well, Athani said, "The 'no visitor' rule means it is applicable to all."

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