A young woman who had been in critical condition since she was raped two weeks ago by a group of men who lured her onto a bus here died early Saturday, an official at the hospital in Singapore that was caring for her said.
The woman, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student whose rape on Dec. 16 had served as a reminder of the dangerous conditions women face in India, “died peacefully,” according to a statement by Kelvin Loh, the chief executive of Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.
“The patient had remained in an extremely critical condition,” the statement said. “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.”
Revulsion and anger over the rape have galvanized India, where women regularly face sexual harassment and assault, and where neither the police nor the judicial system is seen as adequately protecting them. Angry protesters thronged central Delhi after the attack was made public and assembled in other major cities, demanding better protection from the police and better treatment over all for women. Some protesters and politicians have called for the death penalty for rapists.
Meanwhile, the family of an 18-year-old woman in the northern Indian state of Punjab who committed suicide on Wednesday after being raped last month by two men blamed the police for her death on Friday. Relatives of the woman say she killed herself because the police delayed registering the case or arresting the rapists. If the police “had done their job, she would be alive today,” the woman’s sister said in a phone interview. “They didn’t listen to us; they didn’t act.”