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India Gang-Rape Victim Undergoing Treatment in Singapore

An ambulance is parked outside the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, December 27, 2012.
An ambulance is parked outside the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, December 27, 2012.
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An Indian woman who was the victim of a gang rape and brutal beating earlier this month in New Delhi has been flown to Singapore for further treatment, while the Indian prime minister is pledging to focus on the issue of women's safety.

The CEO of Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Dr. Kelvin Loh, said the 23-year-old victim arrived at the facility early Thursday in "extremely critical condition." He said "prior to her arrival, she has already undergone three abdominal surgeries and experienced a cardiac arrest in India."

Earlier in the day, B.D. Athani, medical superintendent at the Indian hospital where she had been treated, said the hospital in Singapore has an advanced multi-organ transplant facility and that arrangements have been made for the woman's family to accompany her there.

"Based on the advice of a team of doctors, the government of India has made arrangements that the patient be shifted in a well-equipped air ambulance to a renowned hospital identified by the doctors, involving minimum journey so that she can be provided with state-of-art medical treatment that may perhaps stretch to many weeks," said Athani.

Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said in a statement that "despite the best efforts of our doctors, the victim continues to be critical and her fluctuating health remains a big cause of concern for all of us."

What happened

The woman was traveling on a charter bus on December 16 when a group of men on board raped and beat her with an iron rod and then threw her from the bus.

Police have arrested six alleged attackers, who are accused of rape and attempted murder.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told a development conference Thursday that attacks against women happen "in all states and regions" and require greater attention from national and local officials.

"The safety and security of women is of the highest concern to our government," said the prime minister. "A commission of inquiry is being set up to look into precisely these issues in the capital."

Singh said India cannot have meaningful development without the active participation of women, and that their security must be assured.

Investigation

The government on Wednesday announced a commission that will review police response to the attack, while another panel is tasked with suggesting ways to make the capital safer for women as well as changes to the law to create stiffer penalties for such crimes.

In a new measure aimed at combating violence against women, India's junior home minister Ratanjit Singh said the names and photos of convicted rapists will be posted on a ministry website to publicly shame them.
 
The gang rape has sparked days of widespread protests in New Delhi urging the government to address crimes against women. On Thursday, hundreds of demonstrators tried to march to government buildings in the capital but were stopped by riot police armed with tear gas and water cannons.

Public criticism

Meanwhile, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee's son, Abhijit, was sharply criticized Thursday for saying the protesters were not students but "dented and painted" women who wear heavy makeup and think it is fashionable to protest. He said the demonstrations "must be part of some hidden agenda of some political party."

Mukherjee later apologized after activists, political leaders and his sister came out against his remarks.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

  • An Indian protester shouts slogans as he is stopped by police during a protest against a recent gang-rape of a young woman in a moving bus in New Delhi, India, December 27, 2012.
  • Indians protesting the recent gang-rape of a young woman in a moving bus in New Delhi, display a poster calling for death penalty for offenders at a rally in Kolkata, December 27, 2012.
  • Police stand near barricades as they prepare to stop protesters on their way to India Gate while demonstrating against the gang-rape of a young woman in a moving bus in New Delhi, India, December 27, 2012.
  • People participate in a candle light vigil for the recovery of the young victim of the recent brutal gang-rape in a bus in New Delhi, India, December 26, 2012.
  • A woman is removed by Indian police while protesting against the brutal gang-rape of a woman on a moving bus in New Delhi, India, December 25, 2012.
  • Police and relatives carry the body of Subhash Tomar, a police man, during his funeral in New Delhi, December 25, 2012. Tomar died after he was injured during a protest over a gang rape in New Delhi.
  • Members of the All India Democratic Students Organization (DSO) hold placards and shout slogans condemning the brutal gang rape of a woman on a moving bus in New Delhi during a protest in Ahmadabad, India, December 24, 2012.
  • Indian police use water cannons to push back protesters during a demonstration near the India Gate against the gang rape and brutal beating of a 23-year-old student on a bus last week, in New Delhi, India, December 23, 2012.
  • An Indian man overwhelmed by tear gas lies on the ground during a protest in New Delhi, India, December 23, 2012.
  • A demonstrator holds a placard in front of India Gate as she takes part in a protest rally organized by various women's organisations in New Delhi, India, December 21, 2012.
  • People participate in a candlelight vigil for the fast recovery of a young woman as she fights for her life at a hospital after being brutally raped and tortured, in New Delhi, India, December 21, 2012.

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by: San Mann
December 27, 2012 9:10 PM
Note that Manish Tewari, the Minister of Information and Broadcasting, has issued a formal warning to the media that their coverage of the Delhi gang rape story may earn them prosecution from the govt for creating a law-and-order problem. According to the govt, it's the media coverage of the rape incident and protests over it which are the problem, rather than the incident itself.

by: Neal from: Rochester, NY
December 27, 2012 6:52 PM
All things work towards the good. Love is infinity power filled and healing, but...
The despicable actions of these sorry men have triggered an enormous wave of rebellion that is giving the worlds woman the powers they need to stem the violence of wicked men.
Modern technologies are spreading the good news through out the world. The Middle East's veil is being lifted, literally.
They should be caged and displayed in the city square so they can face the rage they they created.
They should also be protected from injury only because they must live a long and horror filled life./..

by: Madeleine Davis from: Florida
December 27, 2012 6:50 PM
Has any other animal in existence ever treated their own so horrifically? The human being is unbelievable. World wide! What is changing behavior? I am still in shock at what happened to little children in Connecticut. When and how does the madness stop? Disfigurement might help. My Faith teaches me to "forgive." I have a lot of trouble with that one. Turning the other cheek is a beautiful message, ONLY if everyone lives it! Sick with sadness.

by: Mitali Chaudhuri
December 27, 2012 4:13 PM
I'm ashamed to even be from this part of the world where misogyny infects our everyday life. Men and women both are to blame.

I get tired of hearing about all the injustices happening against women in my part of the world. I hope we all burn in hell because that's where we are going. Perhaps hell is too good for us. We deserve to go some place worse.

Our societies are barbaric and uncivilized. We will pay for our barbaric ways of thinking - both men and women.

Fellow Indians and Asians, hang your heads in shame, and ask yourself why you are so misogynistic and disrespectful of other human beings. Will this ever change?

by: dee from: Canada
December 27, 2012 3:38 PM
Wanna hear the most sadest part and lack of action by Indian police/govt? Protestors are out, all the attention towards this one young lady. ANOTHER 42 yr old got gang raped in South Delhi this week.....how shameful is that! these bastards have no respect for women or law and the law has no respct for women.

by: Bobby0987 from: Asia
December 27, 2012 3:34 PM
Funny thing is how "people" believe this country or any country will have the values as the person making their comment. This is a country that does not care care about women, they kill the female babies or toss them aside for a male child. The indian govt does not care this person was raped, only that it put india in a 'bad" light.

by: MJ from: Sydney
December 27, 2012 3:01 PM
"the Indian prime minister is pledging to focus on the issue of women's safety". FAIL. Already this is pinned as a 'women's issue' not an issue that effects everyone, one could even argue a cultural issue, underpinned by the blatant fact there is no deterrance for rape. Failed again India.

by: darren from: england
December 27, 2012 1:27 PM
perhaps instead of wasting the 8 billion in aid money we British send India every year (that they dismissed as 'peanuts, and keeping in mind India's economy is predicted to overtake ours very soon) they should be investing in their hospitals, education and legal system. should they do so then maybe limbless beggar might not be the popular career choice that it seems to be now. and i have been to India so i do know what I'm talking about. this is not a story about rape, it is a story about India. if you want to know why it happened begin with education, discrimination, infrastructure and sexism. but hey, what do i know?
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by: magyart from: USA
December 27, 2012 3:56 PM
That certainly drawfs aid from the USA, which for the year 2013 has dropped to USD 98.3 million.
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by: anon from: usa
December 27, 2012 2:54 PM

Compared to what YOU British looted from India, yes 8B/yr is a peanuts.

by: bill dodds from: hornsea uk
December 27, 2012 1:26 PM
to jeffh us. what do you want her to do, turn the other cheek? drag them out of jail and shoot shoot the scum!more like. it would sure as hell stop them doing it again and it might just deter others if they anything larger than a condom for a brain!

by: tourist from: US of A
December 27, 2012 1:21 PM
Just horrible for that poor woman. It's so important for women throughout the world to be respected and protected by laws. Animals would not do this to their kind nor should man. Words cannot convey how truly despicable were the actions of these young, twisted males. So deeply sad.
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