NEVER AGAIN Shameful: Govt locks down city despite peaceful protests MURDER CHARGE
Forty minutes of horror and 13 days of a desperate battle for life ended in the early hours of Saturday when the 23- year- old gang- raped by six men on December 16 breathed her last in a Singapore hospital.
An official statement issued by Dr Kelvin Loh, the chief executive of Mt Elizabeth Hospital, said she had passed away due to multi- organ failure due to “serious injuries to her body and her brain”. He also added that “she was courageous” in fighting for her life for so long against the odds “but the trauma to her body was too severe”. According to hospital authorities, she had been sinking ever since she arrived in the city- state. She had already suffered two cardiac arrests on December 26 when the government decided to send her on a seven- hour flight to Singapore. An infection- induced swelling of the brain led to a multi- organ failure that finally claimed her life.
The news of her death had already been sent by the Indian High Commission to the prime minister’s office that held an urgent meeting. With the government worried at the prospect of a repeat of the protests that rocked Delhi last week, a decision was taken to lock down the national capital. By morning, central New Delhi became a fortress with scores of companies from the Delhi police and the Central Reserve Police Force deployed in full battle- gear to ensure that protesters did not The six suspects would now be tried for murder charges, which involves death penalty in rarest of rare cases The charge- sheet in the case will be filed on January 3, police said reach India Gate or the seat of government in South and North Block. Ten metro rail stations were shut to keep the protesters away. People were asked for their identity cards to enter the forbidden zone as the news spread.
The government dispatched an Air India Airbus A319 to bring back the 23- year- old’s body along with her family. It flew out of Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport at 8am with four government officials, the pilots and the cabin crew. The body is expected to arrive around 3am on Sunday.
As the news of her death spread, protesters braved the cold and headed towards Jantar Mantar to express their outrage and shock. Spontaneous anger on social media sites like Twitter helped people get together in cities like Mumbai when people gathered in huge numbers at Juhu beach, Shivaji Park and Bandra Bandstand to protest against her death. Similar protests were seen in Pune, Bangalore and other parts of the country. Protesters demanded that there was need for systemic reform and new laws to ensure that this never happened again.