New Delhi rape victim dies

  • A female student gang raped on a bus earlier this month in the Indian capital New Delhi has died, according to doctors who were treating her in Singapore.

    The 23-year-old arrived in Singapore on Thursday after undergoing three surgeries at a New Delhi hospital.

    "The patient had remained in an extremely critical condition since admission to Mount Elizabeth Hospital," 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.

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

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

    The incident spurred violent public protests across India.

    In response, the government has announced measures intended to make New Delhi safer for women.

    These include more police night patrols, thorough checks on bus drivers and banning of buses with tinted windows or curtains.

    As news of the victim’s death spread across social media in India, police cordoned off large parts of central New Delhi and urged the public to stay calm.