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No politics behind shift: Govt

New Delhi, Dec. 28: External affairs minister Salman Khurshid today dismissed reports that the decision to shift the gang rape victim to Singapore was political.

“It was purely a medical decision taken by the doctors,” said Khurshid, a member of the Group of Ministers on media.

The government was trying to ensure the 23-year-old paramedical student got the best possible treatment, he said.

She was treated at the government-run Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi for 10 days before being taken to Singapore, accompanied by her parents and a team of doctors, on Wednesday night.

Home minister Sushil Shinde echoed Khurshid, saying: “Doctors of Safdarjung Hospital and other government hospitals were called. They were also consulted along with Naresh Trehan (chief of the privately run Medanta Medicity) before taking the decision.”

Shinde said the government had decided the victim should be sent wherever needed — be it Singapore, London or the US — for the best available treatment.

Khurshid said: “I am also sure that the doctors would have explored other options like the US, UK or Germany before settling for Singapore. They must have looked at travel time to these destinations.”