India gang-rape victim dies

Friday 28 December 2012 23.10
The brutality of the assault triggered demands for both better policing and harsher punishment for rapists
The brutality of the assault triggered demands for both better policing and harsher punishment for rapists

The Indian gang-rape victim whose assault in New Delhi triggered nationwide protests has died, the Singapore hospital treating her said.

"We are very sad to report that the patient passed away peacefully at 4.45am on 29 December, 2012 (4.45 Irish time, Friday).

"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 16 December, was airlifted to Singapore on 26 December 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.