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Indian Rape Victim Dies in Singapore Hospital

Demonstrators hold placards as they take part in a protest rally in solidarity with a rape victim from New Delhi in Mumbai, December 27, 2012.
Demonstrators hold placards as they take part in a protest rally in solidarity with a rape victim from New Delhi in Mumbai, December 27, 2012.
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The Indian student who was brutally gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi has died in a Singapore hospital.

A statement from the Mount Elizabeth Hospital said the 23-year-old "died peacefully" early Saturday.

The hospital CEO, Dr. Kelvin Loh, said the doctors had fought "for her life including putting her on maximum artificial ventilation support, optimal antibiotic doses as well as stimulants which maximize her body's capability to fight infections." The unnamed victim's family members were by her side.

The woman was traveling with a male companion on a charter bus in the Indian capital December 16, when a group of men on board beat them both with an iron rod, raped her and then threw them from the bus.

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

The woman was airlifted to Singapore from a New Delhi hospital on Wednesday, a move that drew criticism from medical experts in India.

Dr. Samiran Nundy, chairman of the organ transplant and gastro-surgery department of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, told The Hindu the transfer of the critically-ill woman from an Indian hospital where she received good care made little sense and seemed more of a political move.

Medical experts who were consulted by the government before the woman's transfer told the Indian newspaper that they were only asked if it was safe to move the victim, not if it was medically advisable.

A member of the Indian team who cared for her, Dr. Mahesh Chandra Misra with All India Institute of Medical Sciences, told The New York Times that the woman's injuries were severe and that she was "practically dead" when she was brought into Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi.

Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke out on the case again Friday, saying he and the leader of the ruling Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi, "share the anguish and anger of the country over this heinous crime."  He also said the government is "committed to bringing the guilty to justice as soon as possible."

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 northern India, officials say a 17-year-old Indian girl from Punjab state who was gang raped in November has killed herself after police pressured her to drop the case and marry one of her attackers.

Before her death Wednesday, there had been no arrests in her case.  Officials say three people were arrested on Thursday.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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by: john2379 from: USA
December 28, 2012 12:49 PM
It is too bad that the young lady has to struggle for her life and may lose her battle soon in this gang rape episode, which could have been avoided if the police force and civilians could have played their role. But it is wise to continue this rape case for days and weeks and paralyses the nation allowing goons and hooligans to damage millions of rupees worth public properties? Yes, rape and atrocities towards women are heinous acts but just by making new laws it will be stopped? Such sex criminals are not born today or this year but they are there during the Ram Rajya and jails of the world are filled with such criminals.

Even in America such sex criminals are carrying out their sinful acts in broad day light everyday and many hundreds women are getting killed but public is not taking laws in their hands. If India has to be a world power, such social issues and other political issues need to be discussed and resolve in the Parliament and not on the streets. The political parties and some social organizations, just to take full advantage of such delicate issues, encourage public protests, which many times become violent and harm the general public and nation in many ways. Also, sex violence, rapes and related crimes are not going to reduce just by inserting few laws but the culture of SEX glorification must also be controlled from public life, T.V., Movies and media, otherwise, such crimes are going to increase ten fold in coming years. For proof, look to the West, you will get the answer.

by: MJ from: Australia
December 28, 2012 12:38 PM
Shame on you India. All the world has seen now what culture you have that tolerates, ignores or even laughs at and victimises women who are raped. I am never buying another product made in India until you fix your country and culture so these things don't happen. You can start with the thousands of female fetuses aborted every year because your culture puts males above females from the very womb.
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by: Ruchi Singh from: India
December 29, 2012 10:50 AM
People in every country are same.....so dont blaim a country......if bad people are there then look at the NEWS we have People from every part standing together to get Justic.....The Girl is no more but the war is on.....and we will fight till the time all 6 are alive.....and we will get justic......being girl and a human i need justic for the girl......please friends work as one for this kind of incident dont run and dont hide after countries......
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by: SFR from: London
December 28, 2012 3:32 PM
I think you are both jerks. One jerk blames India whereas the American moron blames Muslims. If only the American was literate enough to read he would have read that the culprits are Indian and didn't have Muslim sounding names. Who ever carried these heinous crime should be strung up from the nearest tree. The question has to be asked why did this crime happen. Is it a societal issue of how women fit into Indian society or is it the media (Bollywood) depiction of women. My heart goes out to the family
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by: Smash from: USA
December 28, 2012 2:10 PM
MJ - you are a jerk and a hypocrite. Australia 'stinks' because of its abuses on immigrants and you have the audacity to blame someone else? Your human abuses are only second to most muslim nations - clean house first before you blame others. Please don't buy product from India - buy your crap from elsewhere.

by: Phil from: UK
December 28, 2012 12:13 PM
Get it right. TWO women - both freinds returning from a night out - were raped on that bus for over an hour and then thrown off the moving vehicle. The Indian government has done nothing for the other victim and YOU ARE COMPLICIT by lack of journalistic / investigative integrity!
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by: Albert from: Brisbane
January 02, 2013 8:52 PM
There were 2 ''bus pack rapes'' that night
The first was the woman with her male friend(fiancee?) She was disembowelled by hand by the young offender while alive and raped and died in Singapore.
Check Hindustantimes.com
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by: Reji from: UK
December 28, 2012 1:12 PM
NOT TWO WOMEN. One Women One MAN

by: Anonymous
December 28, 2012 6:18 AM
And this is the "biggest democracy" with a large vegetarian population that everyone talks about.
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by: Albert from: Brisbane
January 02, 2013 8:03 PM
She was also disembowelled while alive
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by: anonymous2
December 28, 2012 12:37 PM
Let her go. let her go. let her go now.

The suffering, oh my god. Deal with politics later and ethics later.

I am wondering why this rape is getting so much press at least on google. (google - you have some problems when it comes to picking interesting headlines in the entertainment section). This rape is getting so much press. Yes, it should.

AFTER you let the girl go to her heaven.
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