THE TIMES OF INDIA, IANS (India)
SINGAPORE – The 23-year-old Indian woman victim of a gang rape on a New Delhi bus that sparked violent protests was flown to a Singapore hospital on Thursday morning, and remains in criticial condition.
The decision to medevac the young woman to Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth hospital was taken after her condition deteriorated, according to the IANS news service.
The victim's condition remained extremely critical 10 days after the brutal attack by six men who raped her and almost beat her to death inside a moving New Delhi bus. The young paramedical student had to have her small intestine removed due to extensive injuries, and she was still on a ventilator, according to IANS.
The victim is in Mount Elizabeth hospital’s intensive care unit, reported the Times of India. The Indian government had previously stated they would “spare no effort” for her treatment and bear all the expenses.
New Delhi has been the scene of violent protests since news spread of the rape. A government clampdown on protests has slowed down the movement, but a huge non-violent rally is planned for Thursday.
According to the Times of India, rape is the fastest growing crime in the country. The number of rape cases registered in India increased by 873.3% from 2,487 cases in 1971 to 24,206 in 2011. By comparison, murder cases increased by 250% from 1953 to 2011.