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India Gang-Rape Victim 'Struggling Against Odds'
An Indian woman who was gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi suffered "significant" brain damage and is fighting for her life.
The 23-year-old woman was flown to Singapore for treatment at Mount Elizabeth hospital on Thursday.
The unnamed victim had already undergone three abdominal operations and suffered a cardiac arrest in India prior to her flight.
Hospital chief executive Dr Kelvin Loh said she also has an infection of the lungs and abdomen and "is currently struggling against the odds".
"She continues to remain in an extremely critical condition and is still receiving treatment at the hospital's intensive care unit," he added.
The announcement comes 10 days after she was brutally attacked by six men on December 16.
The rape has triggered widespread outrage and riots across India.
Official figures show that 228,650 of the total 256,329 violent crimes recorded last year in India were against women.
The real figure is thought to be much higher as so many women are reluctant to report attacks to the police.
During an address to the chief ministers of India's states on Thursday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pledged to bring in new laws to cover attacks on women.
In a separate incident, a 17-year-old Indian girl who was gang-raped killed herself after police pressured her to drop the case and marry one of her attackers.
One police officer has been sacked and another suspended over their conduct after the assault during the festival of Diwali on November 13, according to officials.
The teenager was found dead on Wednesday night after swallowing poison.
what do you think?
That's the 17 year old rape victim who was then attacked again by the officers supposed to be investigating her case, hence the senior officer sacked, junior one suspended pending a disciplinary (which he'll now probably get away with coz the poor girl killed herself). Another senior Indian official said women shouldn't go out after dark. Welcome to the 18th century....
What the report fails to mention is the reason the senior police officer was sacked was because he actually attacked the poor 17 year old girl himself when he was supposed to be investigating the original complaint. The other officer is currently suspended because the girl put a complaint in against him, too!
And we think our police are bad, no justice for women in India