Delhi gang-rape victim 'Amanat' dies

  • The 23-year-old medical student whose savage gang-rape on a moving bus in Delhi struck the very core of India died in a hospital in Singapore tonight.

    Her parents were by her side.

    Doctors said she died of severe organ failure.

    Want her to come back to us: Sonia Gandhi, PM on 'Amanat'

    "We are very sad the patient has passed away peacefully at 4:45 AM local time. Her family and Indian High Commission officials were present. We mourn her loss," a statement by the hospital said.

    "The patient was brought under extremely critical condition...In spite of eight doctors we couldn't save her... There was severe organ failure. She was courageous but the trauma to her body was too severe," the statement added.

    For 12 days, she fought for her life with a grit that astounded her doctors.

    She endured three major surgeries, brain injury and a cardiac arrest at a Delhi hospital before experts decided to move her in an air ambulance to Singapore, where she was treated at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

    After the monstrous attack on her on December 16, a grid of anger and grief fastened cities across India.

    Demonstrators marched every day, demanding a swift trial for the six men arrested for the heinous attack, as well as stricter anti-rape laws and more safety for women.

    In messages that she scribbled for her family while on life support systems, she reportedly asked if the six men who had damaged her so badly that her intestines had to be removed had been caught and punished.

    Their trial is likely to begin on January 3; the government has promised daily hearings to ensure a verdict is delivered quickly.

    Days before she was flown to Singapore, she shared the details of her attack with two different judges. Her testimony was not video-taped but will be used in the trial.

    On December 16, the student watched The Life of Pi at a South Delhi mall with a male friend who offered to escort her home.

    They boarded a private bus - the sort used so often by commuters in a city where public transport is inadequate and unreliable.

    It would later turn out that the bus, used to ferry children to school, had been taken out by the driver and his friends to make some money from moonlighting.

    The six drunk men on board began harassing the student. They beat her friend with an iron rod. When she tried to stop them, they turned on her with barbarous force, hitting her with the rod before taking turns to rape her.

    The bus kept circling a 31-kilometre stretch in South Delhi, its tinted windows concealing the savagery within as it rolled unstopped through a series of police checkpoints.

    Almost an hour later, the couple was thrown from the bus, battered and bleeding; a passer-by phoned the police for help.

    With Delhi as the epicentre, the protests scaled up quickly. The government failed to gauge the extent of the country's fury, or its need for reassurance. Not one representative met the protesters.

    Last weekend, the police clashed with thousands of demonstrators in Delhi. An injured constable collapsed; he died in hospital on December 25.

    The government has promised to amend criminal laws to include the death penalty for extreme cases of sexual assault.

    In Delhi, five fast-track courts will start functioning in January with daily hearings for all rape cases. A burst of measures to make public transport safer at night for women are being debuted.

    The 23-year-old had persuaded her parents to sell their small piece of land in Uttar Pradesh so she could move to Delhi to study medicine. Since then, they said recently, their meals are very often rotis with namak (bread with salt). Their two sons are studying.

    Their daughter became India's Daughter.

  • Terrible news and even the whole incident is one of the most chilling and heart touching of I have ever known. As a father of daughters, I can feel the pain of parents of this student who was brutally raped few days ago.

    Delhi is considered one of the unsafest cities for women in the world. I have never been to India but according to one of my Indian friends, drunkenness (followed by unruly behavior) is one of the biggest problems in Indian society.

  • "Getting Home"... a Missive from India by Anuradha Roy

    I came back to Delhi from travels elsewhere on Christmas eve. The roads were windswept and foggy and, unusually for any Indian city, almost deserted. Through a drive of about 20 kilometres, there was not a single pedestrian for long stretches. There were fewer than usual cars, hardly any auto rickshaws. Enormous state transport buses sailed past with no occupants other than the driver and conductor.

    In response to the brutal gang rape in Delhi on 16th December of a young student, the state had taken several steps, the results of which I was witnessing from the window of my taxi from the airport: the Delhi metro, by which an average of about 1.8 million people travel every day, had been shut down; the state had cordoned off the entire central vista of Delhi where the protesters had been attacked the day before by the police, with water cannon (in freezing December weather), tear gas and batons. It had also set in force something called Section 144, which makes it punishable for more than five people to gather anywhere.

    Gandhi described British colonial rule over India as ‘satanic’. It is hard to find any other word to describe the way India is ruled now.

    The daily violence against women in India is nauseating enough but people are yet more livid because of the state’s routine indifference to it. The Home Minister has said that if he went to meet the protesters at India Gate today, as was being demanded, he might some day be asked to meet ‘Maoists.' Both he and the police commissioner justified the violent action against the thousands of students agitating for justice, claiming that the protest had been taken over by hooligans.

    The prime minister made a brief statement eight days after the rape. It was delivered in his usual robotic manner, successfully dispelling the notion that he had any capacity for human anguish. The PM is not given to making speeches, he is said to be a reserved economist. Not many days before, he had addressed industrialists – for about twenty minutes. It appears pretty clear what he feels passionate about, if anything.

    Meanwhile, with reassuring predictability, another man from the ruling party wagged a paternal finger at the raped woman: she should never have been out at that hour. Just because India became free at midnight did not mean she should have been out at midnight. (Factually too, this was wrong. She and her friend had got on the bus at 9.15 pm, after waiting an hour for other public transport.) This is not unusual. After almost every rape that makes it to the headlines, someone in power usually chastises the victim for going out/ dressing too provocatively/ staying out too late. A survey in June 2011 named India (alongside Pakistan, Somalia, Afghanistan and the Congo) as one of most dangerous places in the world to be a woman. As a woman you know the truth of this every day on the streets of Indian cities, particularly Delhi.

  • Today's world, despite all its pretensions of modernity and emancipation of women, is basically very unsafe for women. This case should be an eye opener for all the people, not just in India. Take a look at statistics

    It seems rate is several times higher in the developed world.

    I think one reason for more incidents in developed world is due to better reporting but still it is significantly higher than most countries.

  • اس خبر نے رحمان جی کو اپنی بھڑاس نکالنے کا اچھا موقع فراہم کیا ہے

  • یہ واقعہ ان نمک حراموں کے منہ پر ایک زبردست تھپڑ ہے جو بے غیرت لعنتی طالبان کے ایک معصوم بچی ملالہ پر حملے کی آڑ میں دن رات پاکستان کو بد نام کرتے رہے ہیں

  • Indian women are pleading for "Taliban" justice in India as a deterrent to rape and the traitors on this forum are repeating the mantra of demonization of Taliban.

  • کہاں ہیں وہ دلال جنہوں نے

    "معصوم لڑکیوں کے خلاف شدت پسند مظالم جاری رکھے ہوۓ"

    کے عنوان سےایک نیا تھریڈ کھولا تھا ۔

  • A women raped every 20 minutes in Shining India.

  • آج امریکی اور انکے دلال کہاں ہیں؟

  • "patient has passed away peacefully"

    A dreadful politically correct statement by the doctors. Is there a diagnostic test to measure the peacefulness of a death. For sure only a dead can tell. Can people sign up for it? Certainly this statement was deliberate to cool down the situation.

    This case is Mukhtaran Mai of India. Remember what happened in her case? Don't expect the out come much different. South Asian lawyers are notorious of delaying cases for decades.

    Only difference so far is that the head of state across the fence shares public sentment but Musharraf ridiculed the Paksitani incident by saying these women get themselves raped to get visas of Western counties.

  • @Abdul Rehman

    "Indian women are pleading for "Taliban" justice"

    If Taliban get a chance to enforce their mode of "Justice" in India, the Indian women will end up wrapped in shuttlecock burqas.

    I don't think Indian women are pleading for this at all.

  • There were a lot of wrong things done by Talibans during their rule over Afghanistan. However, they did something good by controlling the cases of women's molestation. As a matter of fact, Mullah Omer gained popularity in the beginning by protecting women against the cases of rapes. In the post Soviet war period, women had become very unsafe in Afghanistan. The wrong things done by Talibans must be criticized but the few good things done by them must be appreciated.

  • If Taliban get a chance to enforce their mode of "Justice" in India, the Indian women will end up wrapped in shuttlecock burqas.

    ا گئے دلال ۔

    عورت کی بے حرمتی کر کر اس کی عزت کو لوٹ کر اس کی جان کو لے کر کہا جا رہا ہے کہ وہ چین سے مر گئے ۔۔ شرم کرو بے غیرتو ۔۔۔۔۔

    ان بے غیرتوں کو اب بھی کوئی شرم نہیں اتی اور بجائے عورتوں کو ان کے حقیقی حقوق دینے کے ان پر ظلم پر ظلم کیے جا رہے ہیں ۔ صرف اپنی ھوس اور خواہش پوری کرنے کے لیے ۔۔۔

    تم نے عورت پر گھر اور باھر دونوں کی ذمہ داری ڈالی ہوئی ہے --- مجھہ جاھل کی سمجھہ میں یہ بات نھیں آتی کہ جب عورت گھر سے باھر جا کر کماتی ہے تو گھر کے کام بھی کیوں کرے---- عورت بے چاری سارا دن باہر سے کما کر لاتی ہے اور پھر گھر کے کام بھی اسی نے کرنیں ہیں ۔ دیسی بے غئرت مرد تو ایسی عورت کی ہڈی پسلی ایک کر دیتے ہیں اگر اس نے کھانے میں نمک زیادہ کر دیا ۔ عورت بے چاری بچے بھی پیدا کرے ۔ بچوں کو پالے پوسے بھی اور پھر باھر سے کما کر بھی لائے ۔ اور اگر باہر کام کرنے جاتی ہے اور اس کے مالک کی اس نظر پڑ جاتی ہے اور اس کے ساتھ وہ زیادتی کرتا ہے تو اس کا بے غیرت میاں اس کو جان سے مار دیتا ہے ۔

    عورت کو ننگا کر دیا گیا ھے ، اگر غیر مردوں کےساتھہ کام کرے گی تو وہ اس پر نظر بھی رکھیں گیں اور جیسے دل چاہے گا اس کو استعمال کریں گیں ۔۔۔۔

    مسلمانو پر جھادی کا الزام لگا کر ان کا قتل جائز کرار دے دیا گیا ھے--- تعلیم اور تحقیق وغیرہ کو جہاد کا رنگ دے دیا جاتا ہے

    مسلمانوں کی اس قتل عام کی نئی نئی تعریفیں میں نے 9/11 کے بعد سنی ھیں، پہلے یہ نھیں تھیں

    اگر کوئی عورت بچہ یا بچی بم یا ڈرون لگنے سے مر جائے تو یہ اس عورت بچہ یا بچی کا قصور ہے ؟ وہ اس وقت اس جگہ پر کیوں تھے جہاں بم یا ڈرون پھنکا گیا تھا

    اب لوگ خود فیصلہ کریں کہ یہ بے غیرت دنیا میں امن لا رہے ہیں یا فساد ۔

  • @wsheikh

    If you dont think so

    Then women in India would remaim a "Public Property" as of in todays time.As reveal by skynews report abov.

  • @asif65

    I don't agree with your point of view, but I didn't use abusive language for you to express my point.

    Your use of abusive language indicates that you do not have control over your emotions. This is a sign of a weak personality.

    Now think about it. There are hundreds of thousands of girls enrolled in universities and colleges across Pakistan. After their study completes, these girls would want to work in their respective fields, and build their career. These educated women would not want to stay at home and just raise kids.

    How can you force your "Women stay at home and men work" rule to these women? Shouldn't they decide themselves what they want to do.

  • @Babloo

    "Then women in India would remaim a "Public Property" as of in >>todays time.As reveal by skynews report abov. "

    No they shouldn't. They should be protected. But what I don't understand is why you need to bring in Taliban to achieve this?

  • Shouldn't they decide themselves what they want to do.

    اچھا تم ایک پردے والی عورت کا مزاق اٹاو یہ درست ہے ؟ اور اگر میں عورت کے ننکے کرنے پر بولوں تو یہ میری بیوقوفی ؟؟؟

    ہر عورت بلکہ ہر فرد کا اس کی ازادی ہونی چاھیے کہ وہ یہ فیصلہ کرے کہ وہ کیسے زندگی بسر کرنا چاہتا ہے یا چاہتی ہے ۔ اگر کوئی عورت خود کو پردے میں زیادہ محفوظ سمجھتی ہے تو تم بے غیرت اس کا مذاق اڑاتے ہیں ۔ اور عورت کی بے حرمتی کر کر اس کی عزت کو لوٹ کر اس کی جان کو لے کر کہا جا رہا ہے کہ وہ چین سے مر گئی ۔ یہ تمھارے لیے ٹھیک ہے ۔ شرم کرو بے غیرتو ۔۔۔۔۔

  • @Hussain Farooqui

    "Protecting Women" doesn't only mean physically protecting women.

    This is just one part of it.

    For me, protecting women means protecting their right to live equally as men, protecting their right to make their own decisions, and protecting their right to choose their way of life.

  • @asif65

    "اچھا تم ایک پردے والی عورت کا مزاق اٹاو یہ درست ہے ؟"

    I didn't make fun of women who choose to wear hijab themselves. Like I said, women should be free to adapt any lifestyle they like.

    I made fun of this Taliban style mentality who want to "enforce" hijab on women who don't want to wear it.