Six accused of murder as victim of horrific Indian gang rape dies 'peacefully' in Singapore hospital after suffering heart-attack and organ failure
- Parts of New Delhi sealed off with metro stations closed as armed police and riot troops appeal for calm
- Victim is being flown home today after losing fight for life with family at her bedside
- Eight specialists in multi-organ transplants attended the woman...'we mourn her loss' says hospital chief
- Government promises to publish photos, names and addresses of rapists
- West Bengal unveils plans for 65 all-female police stations
Six Indian men were charged with murder today after the death of a woman gang-raped on a bus.
The move came as armed police today sealed off parts off New Delhi and appealed for calm.
The 23-year-old student's body is being flown home after she 'passed away peacefully' in a Singapore hospital where she had been taken for specialist treatment.
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Coffin: The casket at a funeral home in Singapore which will carry the body of the 23-year-old gang-rape victim
Tragic: The body of the young woman is moved into the funeral home by workers where she will be embalmed before being flown home
Sad: Undertakers and hospital staff carry the body of the Indian rape victim into a van as they leave Mount Elizabeth Hospital
Final journey: A police morgue vehicle is parked in front of the Mount Elizabeth hospital in Singapore to retrieve the body
Riot gear: Indian policewomen stand guard at a checkpoint following the death of the gang-rape victim
She suffered multiple organ failure and a heart attack following the brutal assault on December 16 which has triggered violent public protests.
Her horrific ordeal has galvanised Indians to demand greater protection for women from sexual violence with mass demonstrations, candle-lit vigils and street protests with placards, chants and road blocks. One policeman has died in the protests.
Hundreds of armed officers and riot troops patrolled the capital, closing down a number of metro railway stations and asked people not to travel into the city.
Indian protesters hold candles during a rally in New Delhi. Leaders appealed for calm and security forces headed off fresh unrest by turning the city into a fortress
A group of men lie on the floor as part of the anti rape protests in New Dellhi. Police threw a ring of steel around the centre of the Indian capital after news of the 23-year-old medical student's death
Gatherings of more than five people have been banned in the city centre.
A few hundred protesters arrived this morning at the Jantar Mantar observatory, one of the areas of the city where demonstrations are allowed, the BBC reported.
Attacked: The gang-rape victim suffered severe organ failure and a heart-attack as she passed away last night
The victim's family and officials from the Indian High Commission were at her bedside when she lost her 13-day fight for life.
In a statement, Dr. Kevin Loh, the chief executive of Mount Elizabeth where she had been treated since Thursday, said the team of doctors and nurses treating her 'join her family in mourning her loss,'
He added: 'Despite all efforts by a team of eight specialists to keep her stable, her condition continued to deteriorate over these two days.
'She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries to her body and brain. 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.'
Indian High Commissioner, to Singapore T.C.A. Raghanvan told reporters that the scale of the injuries she suffered was 'very grave' and in the end it 'proved too much.'
Her body will be flown back to India today.
She and a male friend were traveling in a public bus in the evening when they were attacked by six men who raped her and beat them both. They also inserted the rod in her body, stripped both naked and threw them off the bus on a road after their hour-long ordeal.
It comes as another rape victim in India is believed to have committed suicide after police took 14 days to register her case and a further 30 days to make an arrest.
Protest: A woman has her mouth taped during a rally to mourn the gang rape victim in New Delhi
Anger: Indian police officials stand alert behind a barricade which covered by a banner calling for capital punishment against rape in New Delhi
Mourning: A protester with a taped mouth displays a moving placard during the rally
Statement: Indian High Commissioner to Singapore, T.C.A. Raghavan speaks to reporters about the death of a young Indian woman
Scene: People walk through the entrance of the Mount Elizabeth hospital in Singapore where a victim of a horrific rape died last night
The six suspects have all been remanded in custody and two police officers suspended. In response to the protests, the Indian government has promising to make public the photographs, names and addresses of convicted rapists.
While the woman chief minister of India's West Bengal state Mamata Banerjee, unveiled plans today for 65 all-female police stations.
The rape has triggered widespread outrage and calls for ensuring the safety of women who are subject to sexual harassment ranging from groping to rape every day across India.
The Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh said: 'The issue of safety and security of women is of the highest concern to our government.'
A commuter signs a board in protest against the gang rape. Police have arrested six people in connection with the attack and they are all remanded in custody
A protester with hands colored in fake blood holds a candle during a protest campaign by Youth Congress against the gang rape of the student
Concern: Members of the top organ transplant medical team accompanied the gang rape victim to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore
State of the art: transplant facilities at the Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre in Singapore, where the gang-rape victim underwent treatment, are said to be among the best in the world
The police officer killed during the protests was a 47-year-old married father of three. He died after three days' in hospital, according to news service Al Jazeera .
Eight people have been arrested and charged in connection with his death.
A relative said.'It is the fault of the people. He was only doing his duty and following police orders. But the public attacked him and killed him so the people are responsible.'
Police said an autopsy showed the officer had a heart attack that could have been caused by injuries suffered during violence at the protest.
Outrage: Indian students protesting today in Kolkata against the treatment of women following the recent gang-rape of a young woman in a moving bus in New Delhi
Anger: Despite calls for calm, protestors and police have been involved in violent clashes which have continued more than a week-and-a-half
Silent protest: Sex workers, lesbian and gay protestors held a silent march today as people feel too little is being done by police and authorities to protect them
Vigil: Candles were lit in Delhi as silent protestors stood displaying placards, banners and posters
Peaceful: Protestors want the government to take action to improve safety for women in India
An Associated Press journalist at the scene said the officer was running toward the protesters with a group of police when he collapsed on the ground and began frothing at the mouth and shaking. The journalist said two protesters rushed to the officer to try to help him.
During the days of protests, reports reveal more than 100 people and about 70 officers have been hurt.
Police have used batons, teargas and water cannon to try and disperse the demonstrators after the authorities attempted to limit the public gatherings.
The Government has faced criticism for the use of force against protesters, the failure to implement laws to protect women in India's 'rape capital' and for how slow it has been to respond to the strength of feeling.
New Delhi: Activists of the All-India Democratic Women's Association and YWCA students take part in a protest march from Rashtrapati Bhawan to India gate against the gangrape of a girl, in New Delhi
Clashes: Police have been criticised for using heavy handed tactics against demonstrators who are demanding better protection of women following the brutal bus gang rape
Protesters demanding safer public transportation for women and the resignation of Delhi's police commissioner tried to march to the major India Gate traffic circle in central Delhi before being stopped by police in riot gear manning barricades.
Protesters carried signs reading, 'Immediately end rape culture in India' and 'Zero tolerance of violence against women'.
Rape victims rarely press charges because of social stigma and fear they will be accused of inviting the attack. Many women say they structure their lives around protecting themselves and their daughters from attack.
Some protesters have called for the death penalty or castration for rapists, who under current laws face a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.
Brutal attack: The 23-year-old student was assaulted on a moving bus and has now died from her injuries
The young victim was transferred to a hospital in Singapore but unfortunately doctors reported she died 'peacefully'
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pledged today to take action to protect the nation's women.
Singh's government set up two committees in response to the protests. One, looking into speeding up sexual assault trials, has already received 6,100 email suggestions. The second will examine what lapses might have contributed to the rape - which took place on a moving bus that passed through police checkpoints - and suggest measures to improve women's safety.
'Let me state categorically that the issue of safety and security of women is of the highest concern to our government,' Singh said at a development meeting. He urged officials in India's states to pay special attention to the problem.
'There can be no meaningful development without the active participation of half the population, and this participation simply cannot take place if their security and safety is not assured,' he said.
Solidarity: Students take out a candlelight march in support of the gang rape victim in the Capital on Wednesday
Medics' protest: Medical workers protester at LNJP hospital against the recent gang-rape of a young woman in a moving bus in New Delhi
Angered: A protester against the recent gang-rape of a young woman in a moving bus in New Delhi
Singh previously came under fire for remaining largely silent after the rape. He issued a statement for the first time on Sunday - a week after the crime.
The horrific sexual assault, which took place on a bus on December 16, in New Delhi, lasted 40 minutes, according to the Gulfnews.com, which states the men involved allegedly tricked the woman to board the bus.
B.D. Athani, the medical superintendent of Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi, where the woman had been treated, said she suffered severe intestinal and abdominal injuries, underwent three surgeries and had parts of her intestines removed, according to the Press Trust of India.
'With fortitude and courage, the girl survived the after-effects of the injuries so far well. But the condition continues to be critical,' he was quoted as saying.
Death sentence: Indian students are among those calling for the death penalty for those found guilty of the brutal gang-rape