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India gang rape victim arrives at Mount Elizabeth Hospital for treatment

Published on Dec 27, 2012 11:37 AM
 
An ambulance (right) sits parked outside the accident and emergency entrance of Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore on Dec 27, 2012. An Indian student who was left fighting for her life after being brutally gang-raped in New Delhi was being flown to Singapore for treatment at Mount Elizabeth, doctors and a report said late on Dec 26. -- PHOTO: AFP

The Indian medical student who was gang raped in New Delhi, arrived at Mount Elizabeth Hospital on Thursday morning for further treatment.

Responding to media queries from The Straits Times, the hospital said the 23-year-old arrived and was checked into its intensive care unit this morning at 9.05am "in an extremely critical condition".

"She is being examined and the hospital is working with the Indian High Commission. We request that the privacy of the patient and family be respected," said a Mount Elizabeth Hospital spokesman.

The victim was flown to Singapore for further medical treatment earlier at about 2am.

She is accompanied by her parents 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.

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

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 has boarded to go home after watching a movie in a mall.

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

She had suffered severe multiple intestinal. abdominal and other injuries but managed to survive the after-effects of injuries so far but her condition continues to be critical.

Since the incident, the victim, whom doctors say has shown great will to survive and fighting spirit, underwent three operations.

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

The protests ebbed after 47-year-old police constable Subhash Chand Tomar died on Tuesday morning from injuries sustained during the protests. He was cremated with full police honours on Tuesday.

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