|Indian high commission officials wait at a Singapore funeral parlour while the victimís body is embalmed
in the next room on Saturday. (Reuters)
New Delhi/Singapore, Dec. 29 (Agencies): The 23-year-old Delhi gang rape victim died of her injuries at a Singapore hospital early this morning.
“We are very sad to report that the patient passed away peacefully at 4.45am (2.15am IST) on 29 December 2012,” the hospital CEO Kelvin Loh said in a statement.
“Her family and officials from the high commission of India were by her side,” the statement said.
The paramedical student, brutally assaulted in a Delhi bus on December 16, died from multiple organ failure.
“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,” Loh said.
Indian high commissioner to Singapore T.C.A. Raghavan said the girl, who was conscious, fought a brave battle till the end. He said the final few hours was a trying time for the girl’s family and they bore the entire process with a great deal of fortitude and courage.
The Indian government has chartered an aircraft to fly her body back, Raghavan said.
The body was taken from the hospital to a Hindu undertaker in Singapore and hours later, lying in a gold-and-yellow coffin selected by Indian diplomats, it was driven in a hearse to the airport.
The chartered Air India flight AIC-380A took off for Delhi around 12.30am local time (10pm IST), Indian high commission officials said. On the plane were her family members who have been in Singapore since the girl was brought to the hospital here in an extremely critical condition on Thursday morning.
The body is expected to be taken straight from the airport to her village in Ballia in Uttar Pradesh in keeping with the family’s wishes for a private funeral.