The Straits Times
Published on Dec 29, 2012

23-year-old New Delhi gang-rape victim dies


The Indian student who was gang raped in New Delhi earlier this month has died at Mt Elizabeth Hospital.

The 23-year-old woman was pronounced dead at about 4.45am on Saturday.

She had been flown to Singapore for medical treatment on Thursday morning.

In an update at 11pm on Friday, the hospital had said her condition had taken a turn for the worse. Her vital signs were deteriorating with signs of severe organ failure.

On Dec 16, the student, who has not been named so far, was raped by six men in a bus she and her male companion had boarded to go home after watching a movie.

The six men, who have since been arrested, beat and gang raped her and then stripped her before throwing her and her male companion, who was also beaten, out of the bus.

She was severely injured and underwent at least three operations.

The Indian Cabinet decided to fly her and her parents at government cost to Singapore based on the advice of a team of government and private doctors.

She was accompanied by her parents, two brothers and a team of Indian doctors led by Dr Yatin Gupta, head of the critical care unit at Delhi's Safdarjung hospital, where she was under treatment.

In Singapore, a multi-disciplinary team of specialists worked to treat her.

Mt Elizabeth said it did everything possible to stabilise her condition. Doctors fought for her life including putting her on maximum artificial ventilation support, optimal antibiotic doses as well as stimulants which maximised her body's capability to fight infections, the hospital said.

The brutality of the crime in the capital city triggered days of protests, resulting in violent clashes, with protesters demanding justice for the student and the police.