Indian woman identifies attackers after awaking from 10-month coma

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She spent 10 months in a coma after suffering a vicious attack.

In the attack, which happened four years ago, she was severely disabled.

She has now identified her alleged assailants in court.

Four men ambushed Miss Dimple Patel, 27, as she was returning home from college in western Indian state of Gujarat’s main city of Ahmedabad in February 2010.

They allegedly beat her with iron rods and abandoned her unconscious on a railway track.

Even though she still cannot hear and has difficulty speaking and walking, she was able to identify her alleged attackers in court this week, her brother Dharmendra Patel said on Thursday.

Identifying attackers

“It was only after she came out of the coma that we came to know what happened and who attacked her,” her brother said.

Mr Patel alleges his wife’s relatives assaulted his sister to get back at him after a row over money.

“During the court proceedings, she pointed at the accused in the courtroom and identified them.”

The four accused face charges of attempted murder.


Miss Dimple will appear in court again on Aug 21 when she will be cross-examined by defence, her brother said, praising his sister’s courage in pursuing the case.

Said Mr Patel: “It took Dimple almost a year to recover from the attack. She spent more than a month in hospital and another nine months in coma.

"When she woke up, she had no recollection of the events.

“It was almost a year after the attack that she remembered enough for us to file a police complaint.”

She was studying for an MBA when the attack happened.

Source: AFP