INDIA - DELHI GANG-RAPE VICTIMS DIES IN SINGAPORE HOSPITAL
A female student gang-raped on a bus in India's capital Delhi has died at a Singapore hospital, doctors say.
"The patient passed away peacefully at 4:45am on 29 Dec 2012," a statement from the hospital said. The patient's family had been by her side, it added.
The 23-year-old had arrived in Singapore on Thursday after undergoing three operations in a Delhi hospital.
The attack earlier this month triggered violent public protests in India that left one police officer dead.
Six men have been arrested and two police officers have been suspended following the 16 December attack.
"The patient had remained in an extremely critical condition since admission to Mount Elizabeth Hospital," a statement from hospital chief executive Kelvin Loh said.
"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," the statement went on.
"We are humbled by the privilege of being tasked to care for her in her final struggle," Mr Loh said.
A team of eight specialists had tried to keep the patient stable, but her condition continued to deteriorate over the two days she was at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, he added.
Officials from the High Commission of India had also been present when the patient passed away. The Indian home minister said the government had decided to send the victim overseas on the recommendation of her doctors.
The victim and her friend had been to see a film when they boarded the bus in the Munirka area of Delhi, intending to travel to Dwarka in the south-west of the city.
Police said she was raped for nearly an hour, and both she and her companion were beaten with iron bars and thrown out of the moving bus and into the street.
On arrival at the hospital in Singapore, doctors said that as well as a "prior cardiac arrest, she also had infection of her lungs and abdomen, as well as significant brain injury".
The government has tried to halt rising public anger by announcing a series of measures intended to make Delhi safer for women.
These include more police night patrols, checks on bus drivers and their assistants, and the banning of buses with tinted windows or curtains.
The government has also said that it will post the photos, names and addresses of convicted rapists on official websites to shame them.
It has set up two committees - one looking into speeding up trials of cases involving sexual assaults on women, and the other to examine the lapses that might have led to the incident in Delhi.
But the protesters say the government's pledge to seek life sentences for the attackers is not enough - many are calling for the death penalty.
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INDIA - OUTRAGE OVER DELHI GANG RAPE SWELLS
AFP | 20th December, 2012
Indian students and activists shout
slogans as they carry torches at India Gate during a protest following the gang-rape
of a student in
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh joined his ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi in condemning Sunday night’s “heinous” assault by six drunken man who were joyriding on a bus when they picked up the woman and a male companion.
After taking turns to rape the woman, the attackers then threw the pair off the vehicle.
Four people, including the bus driver, have so far been arrested, while a hunt is ongoing for two other suspects.
As the government tried to address the anger with series of steps, protests spread to other major cities including Mumbai, Kolkata and Ahmedabad.
Police used water cannon on one group of
demonstrators as they tried to tear down steel barricades outside the official
Before the violence broke out, protesters carrying banners chanted: “We want equal rights for women.”
“Women don’t feel safe in the city, this is appalling,” said 18-year-old student protester Jayesha Koushik.
“The blame is always put on the women. ‘She was not wearing the right dress, she was out at the wrong time, she must have provoked it’. How can you blame the women for rape?”
“Rapes are happening to teach women a lesson,” said Kavita Krishnan of the All India Progressive Women’s Association who was among the protesters.
Even Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan weighed in by calling on his Facebook page for “every Indian (to) become a vigilante, a soldier, a commander” to “fight such heinous crimes with strength and conviction”.
National crime records show that 228,650 of the total 256,329 violent crimes recorded last year were aimed against women.
Rape cases in
“It’s a heinous crime. It is very upsetting,” Prime Minister Singh told a parliamentary delegation which met him to discuss the latest attack.
Singh said he had asked Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to “ensure that (the) culprits are brought to justice and such cases do not recur”, according to the Press Trust of India.
Shinde announced in parliament that there would be a crackdown on buses having tinted glass and heavy curtains — measures that should already be in force.
Congress’s Gandhi who is
“Such violence and criminality needs not only to be condemned, it calls for a concerted effort to fight it,” Gandhi said in a letter to Dikshit.
Hospital doctors have been shocked by the extent of the rape victims’ injuries. “They cannot be described in words”, a surgeon who did not want to be named told AFP.
The rape took place over a period of more than 40 minutes on Sunday in a bus which had stopped to pick up the two victims who had spent the evening at a cinema.
“They began molesting the girl and her companion bravely fought back trying to save her but these men attacked him with an iron rod,” police commissioner Neeraj Kumar said on Tuesday.
“The victim was dragged to the rear of the bus and brutally beaten and raped.”
Three of the suspects appeared before a city magistrate on Wednesday where a police request for a custody extension was granted.
Kumar demanded the death penalty for people convicted of rape, a crime that currently carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison.