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[16days_discussion] Fwd: India - Delhi Gang-Rape Victim Dies

Radha Paudel rpaudel456 at
Sat Dec 29 05:21:23 EST 2012

Deep Condolence!

With Solidarity !

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A female student gang-raped on a bus in India's capital Delhi has died
at a Singapore hospital, doctors say.

"The patient passed away peacefully at 4:45am on 29 Dec 2012," a
statement from the hospital said. The patient's family had been by her
side, it added.

The 23-year-old had arrived in Singapore on Thursday after undergoing
three operations in a Delhi hospital.

The attack earlier this month triggered violent public protests in
India that left one police officer dead.

Six men have been arrested and two police officers have been suspended
following the 16 December attack.

"The patient had remained in an extremely critical condition since
admission to Mount Elizabeth Hospital," a statement from hospital
chief executive Kelvin Loh said.

"She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries
to her body and brain. She was courageous in fighting for her life for
so long against the odds but the trauma to her body was too severe for
her to overcome," the statement went on.

"We are humbled by the privilege of being tasked to care for her in
her final struggle," Mr Loh said.

A team of eight specialists had tried to keep the patient stable, but
her condition continued to deteriorate over the two days she was at
Mount Elizabeth Hospital, he added.

Officials from the High Commission of India had also been present when
the patient passed away. The Indian home minister said the government
had decided to send the victim overseas on the recommendation of her

Rising Anger
The victim and her friend had been to see a film when they boarded the
bus in the Munirka area of Delhi, intending to travel to Dwarka in the
south-west of the city.

Police said she was raped for nearly an hour, and both she and her
companion were beaten with iron bars and thrown out of the moving bus
and into the street.

On arrival at the hospital in Singapore, doctors said that as well as
a "prior cardiac arrest, she also had infection of her lungs and
abdomen, as well as significant brain injury".

The government has tried to halt rising public anger by announcing a
series of measures intended to make Delhi safer for women.

These include more police night patrols, checks on bus drivers and
their assistants, and the banning of buses with tinted windows or

The government has also said that it will post the photos, names and
addresses of convicted rapists on official websites to shame them.

It has set up two committees - one looking into speeding up trials of
cases involving sexual assaults on women, and the other to examine the
lapses that might have led to the incident in Delhi.

But the protesters say the government's pledge to seek life sentences
for the attackers is not enough - many are calling for the death


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Subject: India - Outrage Over Delhi Gang Rape Swells

"You can tell the condition of a nation by looking at the status of its women."
- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

Aljazeera Article on India Gang Rape of Woman Medical Student on Bus &
VIDEO of Violent Protests in Delhi.


AFP | 20th December, 2012

Indian students and activists shout slogans as they carry torches at
India Gate during a protest following the gang-rape of a student in
New Delhi, Dec 19, 2012. - Photo by AFP

NEW DELHI: Riot police fired water cannon Wednesday at a protest in
New Delhi over the gang-rape of a 23-year-old student who was left
fighting for her life as outrage against the brutal attack grew across

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh joined his ruling Congress party
chief Sonia Gandhi in condemning Sunday night's "heinous" assault by
six drunken man who were joyriding on a bus when they picked up the
woman and a male companion.

After taking turns to rape the woman, the attackers then threw the
pair off the vehicle.

Four people, including the bus driver, have so far been arrested,
while a hunt is ongoing for two other suspects.

As the government tried to address the anger with series of steps,
protests spread to other major cities including Mumbai, Kolkata and

Police used water cannon on one group of demonstrators as they tried
to tear down steel barricades outside the official residence of
Delhi's Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Before the violence broke out, protesters carrying banners chanted:
"We want equal rights for women."

"Women don't feel safe in the city, this is appalling," said
18-year-old student protester Jayesha Koushik.

"The blame is always put on the women. 'She was not wearing the right
dress, she was out at the wrong time, she must have provoked it'. How
can you blame the women for rape?"

"Rapes are happening to teach women a lesson," said Kavita Krishnan of
the All India Progressive Women's Association who was among the

Even Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan weighed in by calling on his
Facebook page for "every Indian (to) become a vigilante, a soldier, a
commander" to "fight such heinous crimes with strength and

National crime records show that 228,650 of the total 256,329 violent
crimes recorded last year were aimed against women.

Rape cases in India more than doubled between 1990 and 2008. Sunday
night's case was the latest in a series of particularly brutal attacks
in the capital.

"It's a heinous crime. It is very upsetting," Prime Minister Singh
told a parliamentary delegation which met him to discuss the latest

Singh said he had asked Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to "ensure
that (the) culprits are brought to justice and such cases do not
recur", according to the Press Trust of India.

Shinde announced in parliament that there would be a crackdown on
buses having tinted glass and heavy curtains - measures that should
already be in force.

Congress's Gandhi who is India's most powerful politician, described
the attack as a source of shame for the capital after she paid a visit
Tuesday to the hospital where the brutalised victim is being treated.

"Such violence and criminality needs not only to be condemned, it
calls for a concerted effort to fight it," Gandhi said in a letter to

Hospital doctors have been shocked by the extent of the rape victims'
injuries. "They cannot be described in words", a surgeon who did not
want to be named told AFP.

The rape took place over a period of more than 40 minutes on Sunday in
a bus which had stopped to pick up the two victims who had spent the
evening at a cinema.

"They began molesting the girl and her companion bravely fought back
trying to save her but these men attacked him with an iron rod,"
police commissioner Neeraj Kumar said on Tuesday.

"The victim was dragged to the rear of the bus and brutally beaten and raped."

Three of the suspects appeared before a city magistrate on Wednesday
where a police request for a custody extension was granted.

Kumar demanded the death penalty for people convicted of rape, a crime
that currently carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison.

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