NEW DELHI/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A woman whose gang rape sparked protests and a national debate about violence against women in India died of her injuries on Saturday, prompting a security lockdown in and an acknowledgement from 's prime minister that social change is needed.
The six suspects held in connection with the December 16 attack on the 23-year-old medical student on a New Delhi bus were charged with murder following her death, police said. The maximum penalty for murder is death.
"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," Kelvin Loh, chief executive officer of the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore said in a statement announcing her death from multiple organ failure.
The attack has put gender issues centre stage in Indian politics arguably for the first time. Issues such as rape, dowry-related deaths and female infanticide have rarely entered mainstream political discourse.
Analysts say the death of the woman dubbed "Amanat", an Urdu word meaning "treasure," by some media could change that, although it is too early to say whether the protesters calling for governmentaction to better safeguard women can sustain their momentum through to national elections due in 2014.
Rape takes place everywhere across the world, be it America or India. Difference: In America, the educated rapes, in India, the uneducated rapes. It happens all the time, but we don't hear them because many fear of their dignity.
News of Daamini went viral on the net. I was astounded with the rape statistics shown. Goodness, have I been blind and deaf?
A death penalty can never teach people about rape. Just a death penalty?
Few secs of torture..that can never equal to 3 weeks of severe mental and physical torture/abuse Daamini went through.
Well, I will not talk about the nightmare she went through. I tried imagine how would she felt at that moment, that second. And I was happily enjoying my dinner every minute when she was struggling for her life there. It is inconceivable that they actually insert a rusted rod iron, and throwing her off from a moving bus. Don't call them animals, please. Animal have hearts, they don't.
Why do people rape? To fulfill their desire, lust? What about inserting items, hurting physically? Is it considered as desert after rape? I'm not making fun, but that medical student could have survived and live her dreams if she wasn't tortured like that.
Mahatma Gandhi once said "the day a woman can walk freely on the roads, that day we can say that India achieved independence". Gandhiji spoke the truth.
When will we bid adieu to women abuse?