Monday, December 31, 2012

Murder charge against alleged rapists of India

Indian authorities have brought murder charges on Saturday against suspects in the brutal gang rape that led to the death of a 23-year-old woman and sent outraged protesters to the streets. The suspects have already faced rape charges.
 Six people, including a minor and a bus driver, have been arrested in connection with the rape that occurred in New Delhi this month.
 Throngs of people have protested for days, demanding more protection for women and punishment for those behind the assault.
The woman was airlifted to Singapore earlier this week after she was treated for injuries in a New Delhi hospital. Singapore doctors said she died "peacefully" early Saturday 29th December 2012, surrounded by her family and Indian embassy officials.
 The woman had been in "extremely critical condition" since her arrival Thursday 27th December 2012 and took a turn for the worse, said Dr. Kelvin Loh, chief executive officer at Mount Elizabeth Hospital. "She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries to her body and brain," Loh said.

"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 victim's body was returned to India, where it was cremated Sunday 30th December 2012 in a private funeral, Home Ministry spokesman K.S. Dhatwalia said.

The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi expressed its condolences Saturday. Authorities have not released the name of the woman, but Indian protesters are calling her Damini, which means "lightning" in Hindi.

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