NEW DELHI: The 23-year-old gangrape victim, who was flown to Singapore on Wednesday for treatment at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, died early Saturday at 4.45 a.m. Singapore time.
She lost her battle for life after suffering one of the worst sexual assaults in the Indian capital on the evening of December 16.
As her condition deteriorated, Dr Kelvin Loh, the hospital’s chief executive, said on Friday, “Our medical team’s investigations upon her arrival at the hospital yesterday showed that in addition to her prior cardiac arrest, she also had infection of her lungs and abdomen, as well as significant brain injury.
The young woman was gang-raped by six men in a moving bus in south Delhi on December 16, then beaten up and thrown off the bus after 10 pm to die on the roadside. After sexually assaulting her, the men had inserted a rusted L-shaped rod into her. These L-shaped rods are used to operate a jack while changing tyres. The infection by the rod turned her intestine gangrenous which had to be removed. But the injuries to her intestinal tract remain very serious.
After 11 days of treatment at south Delhi’s Safdarjang Hospital, the victim was airlifted after the Indian government decided not to take any chances considering the unprecedented public outrage the crime has created across the country.
Indian home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said, “The victim, who is a medical student, was whisked to the hospital’s intensive care unit this morning at 9.05am after she was flown in from New Delhi for further medical treatment by the Indian government.’’
The medical student is the first private citizen who has been sent abroad for treatment at the government’s expense.