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Nirbhaya --Delhi gang rape victim dies in Singapore




SINGAPORE: The 23-year-old girl, who was gang-raped and severely beaten on a bus in New Delhi died early Saturday at a Singapore hospital, after her horrific ordeal galvanized Indians to demand greater protection from sexual violence that impacts thousands of women every day.

She "passed away peacefully" with her family and officials of the Indian embassy by her side," said Dr. Kevin Loh, the chief executive of Mount Elizabeth hospital where she had been treated since Thursday. "The Mount Elizabeth Hospital team of doctors, nurses and staff join her family in mourning her loss," he said in a statement.

He said the woman had remained in an extremely critical condition since Thursday when she was flown to Singapore from India. "Despite all efforts by a team of eight specialists in Mount Elizabeth Hospital to keep her stable, her condition continued to deteriorate over these two days. She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries to her body and brain. 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."

The woman and a male friend, who have not been identified, were traveling in a public bus after watching a film on the evening of Dec. 16 when they were attacked by six men who took turns to rape her. They also beat the couple and inserted an iron rod into her body resulting in severe organ damage. Both of them were then stripped and thrown off the bus, according to police.

Indian police have arrested six people in connection with the attack, which left the victim with severe internal injuries, a lung infection and brain damage. She also suffered from a heart attack while in hospital in India.

Indian High Commissioner, or ambassador, TCA Raghanvan told reporters that the scale of the injuries she suffered was "very grave" and in the end it "proved too much.

He said arrangements are being made to take her body back to India

The frightening nature of the crime shocked Indians, who have come out in their thousands for almost daily demonstrations, demanding stronger protection for women and death penalty for rape, which is now punishable by a maximum life imprisonment. Women face daily harassment across India, ranging from catcalls on the streets, groping and touching in public transport to rape.

But the tragedy has forced India to confront the reality that sexually assaulted women are often blamed for the crime, which forces them to keep quiet and not report it to authorities for fear of exposing their families to ridicule. Also, police often refuse to accept complaints from those who are courageous enough to report the rapes and the rare prosecutions that reach courts drag on for years.

After 10 days at a New Delhi hospital, the victim was brought to the Mount Elizabeth hospital, which specializes in multi-organ transplant. But by late Friday, the young woman's condition had "taken a turn for the worse" and her vital signs had deteriorated. It was clear then that she would not survive long.

Indian attitudes toward rape are so entrenched that even politicians and opinion makers have often suggested that women should not go out at night or wear clothes that might be seen provocative.

Other politicians have come under fire for comments insulting the protesters and diminishing the crime.

On Friday, Abhijit Mukherjee, a national lawmaker and the son of India's president, apologized for calling the protesters "highly dented and painted" women, who go from discos to demonstrations.

"I tender my unconditional apology to all the people whose sentiments got hurt," he told mediapersons.

Separately, authorities in Punjab took action Thursday when an 18-year-old woman killed herself by drinking poison a month after she told police she was gang-raped.

State authorities suspended one police officer and fired two others on accusations they delayed investigating and taking action in the case. The three accused in the rape were only arrested Thursday night, a month after the crime was reported.

"This is a very sensitive crime, I have taken it very seriously," said Paramjit Singh Gill, a top police officer in the city of Patiala.

The Press Trust of India reported that the woman was raped Nov. 13 and reported the attack to police Nov. 27. But police harassed the girl, asked her embarrassing questions and took no action against the accused, PTI reported, citing police sources.

Authorities in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh also suspended a police officer on accusations he refused to register a rape complaint from a woman who said she had been attacked by a driver.


Nirbhaya is her name given to her by The Times of India to the namless victim but powerful enough in her struggle in hospital as whole of India and the world kept a vigil and prayed for her recovery. She will live in our memories for life as she gave up finally in her struggle to survive the most horrific ordeal she went through of being brutally gang aped by six men in Delhi, the capital of India.
Everyone in Sydney has stayed glued to Indian news through Christmas period to the sad tale of Nirbhaya as whole of India protested against rape and treatment of women in general. As young students, girls and boys, women, men peacefully marched they were water cannoned by the police and blocked from taking the protest march to India Gate. Not only did they protest to the rape they also protested to the slack response from the leaders who for more than four days did not come forward to make any official statement. Observing from overseas India and what goes on there does not depict it as the biggest democracy in the world it proudly flaunts.
The horrific ordeal of Nirbhaya has galvanised Indians, who have held almost daily demonstrations to demand greater protection from sexual violence, from groping to rape, that affects thousands of women every day, but which often goes unreported.
While people kept a vigil and prayed for Nirbhaya’s recovery, the Indian government was on backfoot trying to take hold of the situation, promising reforms and name, shame and punish the rapists. Now India prepares with more riot police deployed due to the fear of fresh protests that will ignite India and Indians as Nirbhaya’s body is flown back to India.
Doctors at Mount Elizabeth hospital in Singapore where Nirbhaya was transferred for treatment said that the 23-year-old victim “died peacefully” early today on 29th of December.
Hospital’s chief executive Kelvin Loh said in a statement, “She had remained in an extremely critical condition since being admitted to the hospital with doctors mounting a last-ditch battle overnight to save her life.
“Despite all efforts by a team of eight specialists in Mount Elizabeth Hospital to keep her stable, her condition continued to deteriorate over these two days,” he said.
“She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries to her body and brain. 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.
“We are humbled by the privilege of being tasked to care for her in her final struggle.”
Though the family is totally distraught yet they have asked for Nirbhaya’s body to be transferred to India for final rites.
Nirbhaya had been studying physiotherapy and hailed from a rural area of Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state which borders the capital New Delhi.
Her parents, who had travelled to Singapore after she was flown out by air ambulance on Wednesday night, are said to have sold their small piece of land in order to fund their daughter’s education, often limiting their own meals to little more than rotis with namak (bread with salt), according to NDTV.
Nirbhaya’s sacrifice and struggle to send a strong message to the government for reforms in the police, the leadership and the mindset of the society should not go to dust. Daily rape cases are being reported and show inaction by the impotent police and higher authorities.
Sydney Indian community’s social media is running hot at the moment as people discuss the sad death of Nirbhaya. The Bollywood film culture of item girls, heroines wearing skimpy clothes as the role models, free access to internet porn, a culture of drink, drug and booze has created frustration among many men. Amir Khan’s series ‘Satyamev Jayate’ had also presented one episode where the female foeticide had led to overpopulation of men in Haryana compared to women. It is in the same state of Haryana where many cases of rape are reported daily.
Nirbhaya’s death should teach us all a lesson and help bring a change in society, reform in the police and make politicians sit up and realise that the grass root Indians are not ready to take it lying down while such atrocities are daily meal for the Indian news channels only looking for sensation.
Sydney’s Indian community sends its condolences to the bereaved family. May God Rest Your Soul in Peace Nirbhaya


  1. May her soul rest in peace. Those who committed this heinous crime should be given the maximum punishment.

  2. The criminals should be tried for murder since what they did caused her death. What in the hell was in their minds to do this thing with the iron rod? They are barely human and should be treated as such. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. This is a horrific thing.

  3. May her soul rest in peace. And those who have committed this barbaric act should get the punishment in the same manner how they've killed her . put iron rod in their stomach and let them also get the taste how much poor girl she had gone through


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