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Indian gang-rape victim dies

The 23-year-old died of severe organ failure in a Singapore hospital where she had been airlifted yesterday.

Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Sinapore where the woman died this evening.
Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Sinapore where the woman died this evening.
Image: AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

THE VICTIM OF a brutal gang rape in India whose case sparked global outrage has died.

The hospital treating her in Singapore said that she died after suffering severe organ failure.

Authorities in India have been preparing for the possibility her death could ignite more protests amid simmering anger at the level of violence against women.

“We are very sad to report that the patient passed away peacefully at 4.45am (8.45 GMT Friday) on 29 December 2012,” Kelvin Loh, the chief executive of Mount Elizabeth Hospital, said in a statement.

“Her family and officials from the High Commission of India were by her side. The Mount Elizabeth Hospital team of doctors, nurses and staff join her family in mourning her loss.”

The 23-year-old, who has not been named, was attacked by six men on a bus in New Delhi on December 16 and beaten with an iron bar.

She had been in a critical condition since arriving at the hospital on Thursday after she was airlifted from India.

“Despite all efforts by a team of eight specialists in Mount Elizabeth Hospital to keep her stable, her condition continued to deteriorate over these two days,” 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.

“We are humbled by the privilege of being tasked to care for her in her final struggle.”

- © AFP, 2012

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