A team of doctors who examined the 16-year-old domestic help, brought to Safdarjung hospital on Monday after being rescued from a flat in Vasant Kunj, said the girl had minor bruises and abrasions on her arms and hand. She had an injury on her skull, which doctors said seemed to have been inflicted by a blunt object. There were teeth marks on her arms but doctors said those were not dog bite marks, as alleged by police after the girl was rescued on Monday.
A senior doctor said forensic analysis of the teeth marks would be needed to ascertain if the bite marks were self-inflicted or she had been bitten by someone else.
“There is a wound apparently induced by a blunt object in the temporoparietal region of her skull, where the temporal and parital lobes meet behind the ear. We conducted a series of investigations to check for internal injuries but so far none have been found. There are small gashes, which seem to have been induced by a sharp object on her arms and hands. Her face, particularly the area around the lips, is bruised and swollen,” Dr B D Athani, medical superintendent of the hospital, said.
Hospital sources said a CT scan of her brain was done to check for internal injuries but “no definitive structural injuries” were seen. According to the sources, the head injury could have been inflicted by any blunt object, including a utensil or a stick.
“She is conscious, alert and talking,” a doctor said.
Sources said there were bite marks on her arms but added that the doctors who examined her were of the view that those were not dog bite marks.
On Monday, police said the girl had injuries all over body, resembling dog bite marks.
Dr Athani, however, said, “As per our hospital records, the girl does not have any dog bite marks.”
On Tuesday, the girl’s wounds were cleaned and she was put on intravenous fluids. “Though there were no clinical indications of starvation, she is malnourished and about 7-8 kg underweight. She had not bathed properly for a while. She was cleaned and her wounds were sterilised on Tuesday. She will be counselled by a psychiatrist, most likely on Wednesday,” a doctor said.
The girl was admitted to the emergency ward late Monday after her