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Journalist critical after being attacked in Delhi park

06 Apr 2017 | By NewsBytes Desk
Journalist safety: Scribe battling for life after attack

45-year-old Delhi-based journalist Aparna Kalra is in a critical condition after she was attacked by unknown people at a park in northwest Delhi on April 5 evening.

Kalra, who has worked with top publications, was found lying in a pool of blood at Picnic hut park in Ashok Vihar, where she had gone for an evening walk.

No eyewitnesses have come forward yet.

In context: Journalist safety: Scribe battling for life after attack

06 Apr 2017Journalist critical after being attacked in Delhi park

What TranspiredWhat happened?

Kalra's family discovered about the mishap when her sister received a call from police about an hour after she had left home.

She was told Kalra had been admitted to Deep Chand Hospital with severe head injuries. She was later transferred to Fortis, Shalimar Bagh.

The journalist briefly gained consciousness and confirmed an attack, but fell unconscious again.

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Kalra critical at Fortis Hospital

StatusKalra critical at Fortis Hospital

"(Kalra) had a lot of fluid collection in her brain cavities, and underwent an emergency surgery," said a Fortis doctor. Her condition, termed hydrocephalus, could kill if the fluids remain in the brain.

Some parts of her skull are also missing.

Police suspect she was attacked with iron rods. A case of attempt to murder has been registered.

MotiveVictim's kin raises questions

Kalra's family claim there were many people present during the crime, but no one had come forward.

They reported they weren't aware of any personal enmity she had.

Though they suspected it might have been a mugging attempt, they later found she had left her mobile phone at home, and wasn't carrying any other valuable either.

India scores low on journalists' safety

India has consistently low rankings when it comes to safety of journalists. According to the Committee for the Protection of Journalists, 24 journalists have been murdered since 1992 to 2015, but 96% cases remain unsolved. Several other studies have produced similar results.

08 Apr 2017Delhi Journalist attacked after she told off men for public-drinking?

Delhi police have arrested three men in connection with the attack on journalist Aparna Kalra at a park in Ashok Vihar.

The alleged drug addicts, residents of JJ Colony, reportedly attacked her with a stone after she objected to them drinking in the park.

A case of attempt to murder has been registered. Police are also looking at robbery, harassment, or personal enmity angles.