The Delhi gang-rape victim died at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore, on Saturday morning after putting up a brave fight for 12 days.
The 23-year-old medical student was raped, severely beaten and thrown out of a moving bus by six men on December 16, triggering one of the biggest protests in Delhi.
"We are very sad to report that the patient passed away peacefully at 4:45 a.m. on Dec 29, 2012 (20:45 GMT Friday). Her family and officials from the High Commission (embassy) of India were by her side," Mount Elizabeth Hospital Chief Executive Officer Kelvin Loh said in a statement. He had earlier said that the condition of the girl had worsened with her vital signs deteriorating and showing signs of multiple organ failure.
"We are saddened to learn that she has succumbed to her injuries, and would like to extend our deepest condolences to her family during this time of bereavement," said a statement from the Singapore's Foreign Ministry.
The Prime Minister of India has given out a statement condoling the death of the young medical student.
"I am deeply saddened to learn that the unfortunate victim of the brutal assault that took place on December 16 in New Delhi has succumbed to the grievous injuries she suffered following that attack. I join the nation in conveying to her family and friends my deepest condolences at this terrible loss," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in a statement.
The 23-year-old medical student and her male friend boarded a bus from the Munirka area of New Delhi on December 16 when the brutal incident took place. The duo was beaten up severely with iron rod by six men. According to the police, the girl was raped for nearly an hour before being thrown out of the moving bus.
The six accused have been arrested and the trial in the case is expected to begin by early January.
The rape victim went through multiple organ transplants at Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi, and a major portion of her intestine was removed due to the injuries from the attack before she was airlifted to Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore on Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to save her.
The horrific gang rape caused outrage among the public and mass protests were held in Delhi and other parts of the country. The demonstrations led to outbursts of violence between the protestors and police forces. A constable, who was found unconscious at Tilak Marg near India Gate, the epicentre of the protests, was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The Delhi Crime Branch is currently investigating the cause of his death.