India rape victim, 23, dies in hospital
NEW DELHI — A young woman who had been in critical condition since she was raped two weeks ago by several men who lured her onto a bus here died Saturday, said an official at the hospital in Singapore that was caring for her.
The woman, a 23year-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 from Mount Elizabeth Hospital.
The woman has not been identified. She was flown to Singapore on Wednesday night.
Revulsion and anger over the attack have galvanized India, where women regularly face sexual harassment and assault, and where neither the police nor the judicial system is seen as protecting them.
Angry protesters thronged central Delhi after the attack was made public and assembled in other major cities, demanding better protection from police and better treatment for women. Some protesters and politicians have called for the death penalty for rapists. Top officials now say that change is needed.
On Thursday, government officials said they would register the names and photographs of convicted rapists on the Delhi police website, the beginning of a national registry for rapists.
As the condition of the Delhi rape victim worsened Friday, the family of an 18-year-old woman in the northern Indian state of Punjab who committed suicide Wednesday after being raped last month by two men blamed police for her death.