Woman journalist battling for life after attack in Delhi

attackA 45-year-old freelance journalist was battling for life on Thursday after an overnight attack by an unidentified person at a public park in northwest Delhi left her with severe brain injuries.

Aparna Kalra – who has worked with several top media houses – was admitted to Fortis Hospital after local residents found her lying unconscious in a pool of blood at an Ashok Vihar park on Wednesday evening.

Her uncle, HC Bhatia, told HT that the attack left some parts of her skull missing. “She is critical as she has received multiple injuries to her brain nerves,” said Bhatia.

Kalra gained consciousness briefly on Wednesday night to tell police she was attacked, but fell unconscious soon after.

Police said they registered a case of attempt to murder and that the attack was possibly carried out with iron rods but were clueless about possible suspects.

“We have no eyewitnesses of this attack. We were informed about a woman lying unconscious in the park by a visitor. But the caller had not witnessed the attack,” said Milind Dumbre, deputy commissioner of police (north-west). Kalra lives with her family in Delhi.

The park where she was attacked is a popular destination for morning and evening walkers. Kalra’s family said there were many people in the area at the time, but that no one had come forward as eyewitness.

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