In­dia rape vic­tim, 23, dies in hospi­tal

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - By Heather­tim­mons and Ni­harika Mand­hana

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.

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