New Delhi: The 23-year-old medical student, who has been fighting for her life in a Delhi hospital since she was raped by six men on a moving bus earlier this month, has been flown to Singapore for medical treatment.
Her parents are travelling with her doctors on a highly-advanced air ambulance. The government organised visas and passports for the patient and her family earlier today.
Sources say the hope is to arrange an organ transplant for her in Singapore, where she will be admitted at Mount Elizabeth Hospital. Large parts of her intestines were removed as a result of the injuries from the monstrous attack she endured.
The student has been the focus of India's attention and prayers for several days.
For the first time today, doctors attending to Amanat (NOT her real name) failed to share a medical bulletin on her condition, usually telecast live on news channels.
The student has left India amid seething public fury.
Huge protests in Delhi over the weekend were scarred by outbursts of violence. A constable trying to control the crowd died in hospital yesterday. Confusion over whether he died as a result of his injuries created a new wave of tension. (Read)
The government, which has mishandled the protests on multiple fronts, eventually announced that an expert team of judges will review criminal laws to consider enhanced punishment for sexual assault crimes.
The hospital the student is being taken to has been used in the recent past by superstar Rajinikanth who was treated for renal failure. Politician Amar Singh also underwent a kidney transplant there in 2009.
The student's treatment is now being supervised by Dr Naresh Trehan and Dr Yatin Mehta of the super-specialty Medanta Hospital located in Gurgaon near Delhi.