Delhi gang rape victim dies: elsewhere on the web

December 29, 2012

 The 23-year-old 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 New Delhi and an acknowledgement from the prime minister that social change is needed.

Bracing for a new wave of protests, authorities deployed thousands of policemen, closed 10 metro stations and banned vehicles from some main roads in the heart of New Delhi, where demonstrators have converged since the attack to demand improved women’s rights. Hundreds of people staged peaceful protests at two locations on Saturday morning.

The 23-year-old medical student, severely beaten, raped and thrown out of a moving bus in New Delhi two weeks ago, had been flown to Singapore in a critical condition by the Indian government on Thursday for specialist treatment.   (Read the story here)

Here are some latest developments, as being reported:

  •  Why does media want to give Delhi gangrape victim a name?
    One newspaper calls her Nirbhaya. A television channel calls her Amanat. Or Damini. The 23-year-old rape victim is undergoing a rebirth of sorts in the media. (Firstpost)
  • Blog: For Anonymous, by Nilanjana Roy
    She had not asked to become a symbol or a martyr, or a cause; she had intended to lead a normal life, practicing medicine, watching movies, going out with friends. She had not asked to be brave, to be the girl who was so courageous, the woman whose injuries symbolised the violence so many women across the country know so intimately. She had asked for one thing, after she was admitted to Safdarjung Hospital: “I want to live,” she had said to her mother. (Click here)

Tweets from Times of India journalist Rukmini Shrinivasan

Rukmini’s Tweet: So a guy grabbed my ass while I was taking photos of Sheila Dixit being heckled. I hit him and shouted & now he’s disappeared #JantarMantar

Rukmini’s Tweet: A couple of gentlemen on Twitter have responded to my tweet about being groped at Jantar Mantar by asking if I liked it. Will retweet them.

Oohk thats soo hot @rukmini_shrini
Sarvesh kotwal
@rukmini_shrini tell me u didn’t like that.


  • Protesters heckle Sheila Dikshit at Jantar Mantar, force her to go back
    Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday bore the brunt of protesters as she visited Jantar Mantar to pay homage to the Delhi braveheart, who died over 12 days after the most heinous sexual and physical assault aboard a moving bus by six men. (IBNLive)
  •  I want to live, Delhi braveheart told her mother and brother
    Fighting with great fortitude and courage after sustaining grievous injuries, the Delhi braveheart had expressed her intention to live and wanted her tormentors to be brought to justice. “I want to live,” the girl had told her brother and mother when they first met her on December 19, three days after she was brutally gangraped and assaulted in a moving bus in south Delhi. (IBNLive)
  •  Grief and anger in India after death of Delhi rape victim
    The death of a 23-year-old woman who came to symbolize the horrible treatment women face daily in India after she was raped by several men on a moving bus prompted sorrow and rage in India on Saturday morning. (NYT)
  • Sheila Dikshit condoles Delhi braveheart’s death
    Condoling the death of Delhi braveheart, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said her thoughts are with the family and she hopes the city never sees a repeat of such a barbaric incident. (IBNLive)
  • An eventuality doctors prepared themselves for
    The demise of the 23-year-old girl who was brutally gang-raped on a moving bus on 16 December and had since been under intensive care battling multiple infections was an eventuality doctors attending to her had in the last few days prepared themselves for. (Firstpost)
  • Delhi Traffic Police advisory: avoid India Gate
    Entire central Vista including Rajpath, Vijay Chowk and all road leading to India Gate will be closed for general traffic. All traveller advised to avoid these roads. (Delhi Traffic Police Faebook Page)
  • Ten metro stations shut in Delhi
    Ten Metro stations, including Patel chowk, Race course, Khan Market, Udyog Bhawan, Mandi house, Barakhamba Road and Pragati maidan will remain closed. (NDTV)
  • Delhi gang rape accused likely to face murder charge too
    The six men accused of raping and assaulting the 23-year-old paramedical student, who died after battling for her life for over 12 days in a Singapore hospital, could now be charged with murder. Delhi Police are likely to file the chargesheet in the case in the first week of January 2013. (IBNLive)
  • Safdarjung lacked facilities: Medanta’s Dr Yatin Mehta
    Dr Yatin Mehta, Chairman of the Medanta Institute of Critical Care and Anaesthesiology, who accompanied the Delhi braveheart to Singapore, said that she had to be shifted from the Safdarjung Hospital as her treatment required super specialty facilities and infrastructure which were lacking at the Delhi hospital. (IBNLive)
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