The Straits Times
Published on Dec 28, 2012

Indian minister defends decision to fly gang rape victim to Singapore


NEW DELHI - India's external Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, responding to a growing controversy over the move to send the 23-year-old gang rape victim to Singapore for treatment, said it was a "purely a medical decision".

"The shifting was not done due to some political reasons. It was done for medical purposes. It was purely a medical decision taken by the doctors," Mr Khurshid said.

While home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that the government wanted to give her the best treatment.

"She was shifted after taking opinions of doctors from Safdarjung hospital. Trauma doctors were also consulted.