Nearly two weeks after being brutally gang-raped and beaten on a bus, the victim of the horrific attack passed away at a Singapore hospital. According to Dr. Kevin Loh, the chief executive of Mount Elizabeth hospital, where she was transferred on Thursday, she passed peacefully with her family and officials from the Indian embassy by her side. Loh also stated that “The Mount Elizabeth Hospital team of doctors, nurses and staff join her family in mourning her loss.”
Loh explained that “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. 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 woman and a male friend had been traveling by public bus together in New Delhi after seeing a film on the evening of 16 December. They were attacked by six men who raped her and beat the couple. At some point, they inserted an iron rod into her body which caused severe internal damage. The two were then stripped and thrown from the bus. Police have arrested six people connected to the attack.
Arrangements are being made to bring her body home to India for burial.
The crime shook India, and thousands have come out daily to demonstrate demanding stronger protections for women and that rapists be put to death. Women face sexual harassment on a daily basis in India.
Early this week, a rape victim in India committed suicide after the police kept trying to get her to drop the charges against her rapist and marry the man. Such situations are not uncommon. Women are often blamed for their rape, and many never report it. Police often refuse to accept complaints from those who do come forward, and prosecutions are rare and lengthy.