The 23-year-old medical student whose savage gang-rape on a moving bus in Delhi triggered outrage and protests through India died in a hospital in Singapore at 4.45 local time (2.15 India time). Two days back she was shifted to Singapore for the best medical facilities.Her parents were by her side at the time of her death.
After the monstrous attack on her on December 16, a grid of anger and grief fastened cities across India.
In messages that she scribbled for her family while on life support systems, she reportedly asked if the six men who had damaged her so badly that her intestines had to be removed had been caught and punished.
“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,” a statement by the Mount Elizabeth hospital said. .
“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,” said the statement by Kelvin Loh, CEO of the hospital.
She endured three major surgeries, brain injury and a cardiac arrest at a Delhi hospital before experts decided to move her in an air ambulance to Singapore, where she was treated at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital.
On December 16, the student and a male friend boarded a bus after watching a film when they were attacked by six men who took turns to rape her. They also beat the couple with an iron rod.Almost an hour later, the couple was thrown from the bus, battered and bleeding; a passer-by phoned the police for help.
The 23-year-old had persuaded her parents to sell their small piece of land in the state of Uttar Pradesh so she could move to Delhi to study medicine. Since then, they said recently, their meals are very often rotis with namak (bread with salt). Their two sons are studying.
She wanted to live, she said to her parents when they met at Hospital at New Delhi.But inhuman brutality which crossed all limits of this civilized world, snatched her life. It is so saddening that a young girl lost her life as a result of such inhuman brutality. We have no words for condolences. May rest her soul in peace.