New Indian rape case
A 17-year-old Indian woman who was allegedly gang raped in northen India in November commits suicide after no action was taken against the accused.PT1M16S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2bzwf 620 349 December 29, 2012
The condition of the 23-year-old Indian gang rape victim being treated in a Singapore hospital has taken a turn for the worse.
Kelvin Loh, the hospital's chief executive, said in a statement on Friday: "Her vital signs are deteriorating with signs of severe organ failure."
She had been put on maximum artificial ventilation support.
Loh said the woman's family had been informed that her condition had deteriorated and they were by her bedside.
The woman was brutally gang-raped on a moving bus in the Indian capital of December 16. She and her male companion were also beaten, stripped and then thrown out on the road.
The incident has sparked massive protests in New Delhi with demands for quick trial of the alleged rapists and better safety for women in the city.
However, there were no major demonstrations in New Delhi on Friday.
The paramedical student was flown to Singapore and admitted to Mount Elizabeth Hospital Thursday.
The hospital had earlier said that, besides a prior cardiac arrest, she also had infections in her lungs and abdomen as well as significant brain injury.
As questions were raised over the decision to shift the critically ill victim from a New Delhi hospital to Singapore, Indian Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said it was purely a medical decision and rejected any political intention behind it.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, chairman of the ruling United Progressive Alliance, expressed concern over the woman's condition and said the government was committed to bringing the guilty to justice as soon as possible.
"Our thoughts are with the young woman who is fighting for her life. We wish she comes back to us soon," Gandhi said in New Delhi.
Six people, including the driver of the bus, have been arrested.
The government has tried to stem public outrage by announcing a slew of measures - the latest a decision to prepare a database of all rape convicts in the country and make their names, photographs and addresses public by putting them up on police websites.
Other measures, specific to the Indian capital, include better-lit roads, more patrolling by the police, checks on bus drivers and phone helpline numbers for women.
The government has also set up two committees under retired judges, one to look into raising the punishment for rape and other crimes against women, and the other to look into any lapses by the police or other government agencies leading to the crime.