Blood-donation offers for Indian gang-rape victim

SINGAPORE - Offers of help have been coming in for an Indian gang-rape victim who arrived in Singapore yesterday for treatment, said the Indian High Commission here, as New Delhi said it would begin naming and shaming convicted rapists.

The 23-year-old Indian student, who has not been named, was flown in overnight from a hospital in New Delhi to Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

"We have received numerous queries regarding the condition of the patient and also many offers of help. We are deeply grateful for all of these offers," Mrs Bharti Bhatnagar, attache for press, information and culture at the High Commission of India, said in a statement yesterday.

She told My Paper that these offers include money and blood donations.

Visa arrangements were also fast-tracked to enable the victim's relatives to keep watch over her in Singapore.

According to police and prosecutors, six men took turns to rape the woman and assault her with an iron bar last Sunday, leaving her with intestinal injuries, before they threw her out of a bus that they had taken for a joyride.

While doctors in Singapore did not give details about the treatment she has received, their counterparts at Safdarjung said Mount Elizabeth had been chosen as it has a multi-organ transplant facility.

The patient has already undergone three abdominal operations and experienced a heart attack in India.

Mount Elizabeth said last evening that she remained in an extremely critical condition and was in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Mount Elizabeth Hospital chief executive Kelvin Loh said: "A multi-disciplinary team of specialists is taking care of her and doing everything possible to stabilise her condition."

The gang rape has prompted widespread street protests in India, tapping into simmering anger at the level of violence against women.

India gang-rape victim in Singapore for treatment
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