Thursday April 24, 2014
Female Medical Student Gang Raped in India Dies from InjuriesTim King Salem-News.com
India's Parliament better strap their seat belts on, angry crowds are sick of government silence over sexual violence.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Friends and family were forced to say goodbye to the 23-year-old girl who was gang-raped in Delhi and brutally assaulted by six male suspects nearly a fortnight ago. She passed away at a Singapore hospital early Saturday. This is bad news in a country known for ignoring the rape and sex assault of its own citizens.
The girl, a physiotherapy student, was beaten with an iron rod, raped by six men for over an hour by some accounts, and then both she and her friend were thrown from the moving bus.
She was admitted Thursday morning at the multi-organ specialty facility, Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore. Some contested the idea of transporting her to Singapore rather than treating her in India. She remained in extremely critical condition, and died at 4:45 a.m. local time (2:15 a.m. Indian time), according to a statement issued by the hospital.
The hospital chief executive officer Dr Kelvin Loh said:
The attack against the young woman and her male companion sounds like something directly out of a 1970's Hollywood exploitation film.
As we reported 26 Dec. 2012:
The gang rape and subsequent death of this young medical student have dominated Indian headlines, airwaves and television news. The anger is uniting the youth of the country in ways that many have never witnessed, and the accompanying wave of protests and violence over the past week went so far as to disrupt Parliament. Sources report that the angry demonstrations brought New Delhi to a standstill for nearly three days.
With regard to the sexual violence that grips the lives of Indian women, Sucheta Dey, who took part in protests held across India Monday, told Time:
"If a woman wants to go out at 2 or 3 a.m. in the night for whatever reason, her security has to be guaranteed." Dey added, "There is insecurity at every level. Women are even harassed when they go to police stations to report sexual-violence reports."
She says insecurity exists at every level, and that one of the worst problems of all, is the harassment of women who actually go to police stations to report sexual-violence reports.
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