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Body of Indian gang-rape victim to be flown home

Published on Dec 29, 2012 6:40 AM
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The family of the Indian gang-rape victim wants her body to be flown home, said the Indian High Commissioner to Singapore T.C.A. Raghavan early on Saturday morning.

He told reporters at Mt Elizabeth Hospital that this will be done, but it is not clear at the moment when the body will leave.

He said the woman's family was shattered by her death and requested for privacy.

"We are deeply saddened by this news," he said.

"The final few hours were very trying for the family, but they dealt with the entire process with a great deal of fortitude and a great deal of courage."

He said they saw the efforts being made to save her life but at the same they knew the extent of the injuries she had.

Mr Raghavan said that the woman succumbed despite the medical care given to her because her injuries were too severe. He said a great deal of effort had gone into saving her life, both in India and Singapore.

The reason she was flown to Singapore on Thursday was so she could get the best medical treatment, he said.

The woman's parents and two younger brothers had accompanied her to Singapore.

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"We are saddened to learn that she has succumbed to her injuries, and would like to extend our deepest condolences to her family during this time of bereavement".

-- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman