Indian gang rape victim dies

Indian High Commissioner to Singapore T.C.A. Raghavan (R) speaks to journalists about the condition of an Indian rape victim who was flown to the country by the Indian government, at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore. REUTERS/Edgar Su
Indian High Commissioner to Singapore T.C.A. Raghavan (R) speaks to journalists about the condition of an Indian rape victim who was flown to the country by the Indian government, at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore. REUTERS/Edgar Su
The Indian gang-rape victim whose assault in New Delhi triggered nationwide protests has died, the Singapore hospital treating her said today.

"We are very sad to report that the patient passed away peacefully at 4.45 a.m. on Dec 29, 2012 (local time). Her family and officials from the High Commission of India were by her side," Mount Elizabeth Hospital Chief Executive Officer Kelvin Loh said in a statement.

The 23-year-old medical student, who was severely beaten, raped for almost an hour and thrown out of a moving bus in New Delhi on Dec 16, was airlifted to Singapore on Dec. 26 for specialist treatment.

The attack had sparked demonstrations across India, culminating last weekend in pitched battles between police and protesters outraged over the lack of safety for women in the capital.

"Despite all efforts by a team of eight specialists in Mount Elizabeth Hospital to keep her stable, her condition continued to deteriorate over these two days. She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries to her body and brain."

"She was courageous in fighting for her life for so long against the odds but the trauma to her body was too severe for her to overcome," he added.

 

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