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India: Gang Rape Victim Dies In Hospital
Indian police are bracing themselves for more protests after a 23-year-old woman who was gang raped on a bus in New Delhi died in a Singapore hospital.
The attack, in which the medical student was savagely beaten and raped for almost an hour before being thrown out of the moving vehicle, sparked demonstrations across India.
Her uncle said: "This is a very sad day. And a very very sad happening. My condolences are with my niece's family. We want those arrested for this crime to be given the strictest possible sentence, and this has to be time bound."
The chief executive of the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, where she was flown for specialist treatment on Thursday, said she had suffered severe organ failure.
Kelvin Loh added: "Her family and officials from the High Commission of India were by her side.
"Despite all efforts by a team of eight specialists ... 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."
Crowds of protesters have gathered in New Delhi city centre for a sit-in, demanding political change to protect women from violence.
The area is home to the president's palace, the prime minister's office and key defence, foreign affairs and home ministries.
Authorities fear a repeat of demonstrations a week ago, where police fired tear gas and water cannon at activists.
But Daily Telegraph journalist Rahul†Bedi, who is in New Delhi, said protesters were likely to remain peaceful to "avoid giving the politicians a tool" to criticise them.
"I think there's a conscious decision on the part of the protesters in the land of Gandhi to protest in a non-violent way," he added.
"These sit-ins are going to continue for a long time. This crime has shocked the country, rape is something this country has been dancing around for the last 30 or 40 years."
The Indian High Commissioner to Singapore told reporters a chartered aircraft would fly the victim's body back to India on Saturday, along with members of her family.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he was deeply saddened by the woman's death and described the reaction to the case as "perfectly understandable from a young India and an India that genuinely desires change".
"It would be a true homage to her memory if we are able to channel†these emotions and energies into a constructive course of action," he added.
Police have arrested six men over the attack, which happened two weeks ago as the woman was travelling home on a bus with a male friend after a trip to the cinema.
According to media reports, six men on the bus beat them with metal rods and repeatedly raped the woman. Her male companion survived the assault.
The case triggered nationwide protests which culminated last weekend in clashes with police in the Indian capital.
Indian authorities have been accused of belittling rape victims and refusing to punish their attackers.
In a separate case, a 17-year-old Indian girl who was allegedly gang raped has killed herself after police pressured her to drop the case and marry one of her attackers.
The deaths come after it emerged the names, addresses and photographs of convicted rapists will be posted online by Indian police to publicly shame them for their crimes.
what do you think?
Hope it happens to you.
Oh please - what can you possibly mean?
All of those men should be executed
Hope they prosecute the bus driver and any other passengers who did nothing to stop nor raise the alarm - appalling
This is shocking!
That poor girl . Horrible way to die . May her soul rest in peace x
Roger W Patrick
What's the matter with the Indian Police. Are they so corrupt and male orientated that they don't want to prosecute these felons?. No wonder the ordinary populace is up in arms about this. Those b******s who gang raped and beat the poor girl to death, because that is what they in effect did, should be strung up in public, after a fair trial, of course!!
anybody that has been to india for any length of time will know what a perverted country it is. women are treated as third class citizens, racism is rife and people are killed in the rush for the masses to get to their places of worship. what has happened is appalling but unfortunately is a common occurence in india. neither should we be suprised as isolated incidents of their sexism and racism often occur in the uk.
Evil comes in all colours and in all nations. Before we blame India let's remember that this horrific rape/murder could happen here in the UK as well. Also, hundreds of Indian men have shown their disgust by taking to the streets and rioting.
true stevie, but unfortunately india IS rife with sexism and racism, to such a degree that a comparison with the u.k would make it look like these problems don't exist here at all !!!!
it wasn't long ago over here (about eight years) that a gang of mainly immigrant young men gang raped two girls over a couple of days and then shot them but one girl fortunately survived, as i remember the gang got between twenty to twenty five years , i bet some of them will be out soon ! so we need to get our own house in order with tougher sentences, and also send back all the immigrants from the last twenty years as they are here by default, obviously not australians or canadians.
This was bad enough already. Where was the pleasure in this attack? Presumably the perpetrators have no mothers, daughters or sisters. Perhaps they are like Andy below, who can happily not even bat an eyelid to events like this. How fortunate they are to be shielded by a thick skin and how much they and those closest must think of them.
movvi, how foul can you be? slagging somebody off who describes the attack as appalling. you obviously have an agenda and seek to achieve it off the back of a tragedy like this. the poor girl and her family could do without the likes of you making gain through their misery.