23:44 Rape victim's body to land in Delhi around 3 am:
The body of the 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim was flown to the Indian capital shortly after midnight, hours after she died at a Singapore super speciality hospital.
The body was ferried to Delhi in a chartered Air India plane AIC-380A that took off around 12:30 am local time (10:00 pm IST), Indian High Commission officials said.
The plane is expected to land in New Delhi around 3 am.
21:18 Delhi gangrape: Cong top brass meet at PM's home:
The Congress top brass, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party chief Sonia Gandhi, met this evening amid strong demands for swift action against the perpetrators of the horrific gangrape and assault on the23-year-old paramedic student.
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who cut short his visit to his native Solapur in Maharashtra, was also present at the deliberations of the Congress core group held at the Prime Minister's residence at 7, Race Course Road in New Delhi.
Minister of State for Home R P N Singh was also present at the meeting. The meeting took place in the backdrop of peaceful marches and protests in the capital to mourn the death of the gangrape victim even as parts of Central Delhi were kept out of bounds for people.
20:36 Sushma seeks death sentence for rape convicts :
In the wake of the Delhi gangrape victim's death, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Saturday reiterated her demand for death sentence to all those convicted in rape and murder cases.
"I repeat my demand for death sentence made on February 10, 2011," Swaraj said on microblogging site Twitter. On February 10 last year, the BJP leader had tweeted, "I want death sentence in all cases of rape and murder and all cases of kidnapping/abduction & murder. (Read as 'please retweet') and support my call."
During a debate in Parliament on the gangrape of the 23-year-old paramedic student in the recently concluded winter session, Swaraj had demanded that all the culprits in the case should be given death sentence.
19:59 Jaya Bachchan breaks down at Mumbai protest:
In a protest march held at Juhu, Mumbai, actor-turned-politician Jaya Bachchan joined hundreds of people to mourn the death of 23-year-old Delhi gangrape victim.
As she addressed the protesters she broke down. "Whatever action we took for the girl, we took it late," she said. "We must apologise to all the victims."
19:08 Jaya Bachchan, Hema Malini join Juhu protest :
In Mumbai, among the celebrities that joined the protests were yesteryear actresses Jaya Bachchan and Hema Malini.
Bachchan broke down as spoke to protestors gathered at Juhu.
18:50 Bollywood celebs join protest in Juhu, Mumbau:
In Mumbai, thousands of people have gathered at Juhu to protest against the death of the Delhi gangrape victim. People were seen carrying placards and candles as a mark of solidarity.
Bollywood celebrities Ranveer Singh, Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar were among the few who joined the protest at Juhu.
18:40 Candlelight vigil held at Jantar Mantar : Priyanka
reports: Thousands have gathered to hold a candlelight vigil at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to protest against the death of the Delhi gangrape victim. The protesters have not be allowed to enter India Gate.
Similar protests were also held in Mumbai, Chandigarh and other parts of the city.
18:14 Rape accused moved to high-security cells in Tihar :
Five of the six men arrested for the rape on a 23-year-old student in a moving bus are being kept in a high-security part of Tihar Jail in Delhi, a precaution taken after the student died this morning at a hospital in Singapore, reports NDTV
Police sources believe that other prisoners are likely to attack the men; they are being kept in cells with special locks.Read the full report here
18:09 Delhi gangrape victim's body leaves Singapore:
The 23-year-old medical student, whose savage gang-rape on a moving bus provoked outrage and protests through India, died early this morning in a hospital in Singapore after severe organ failure.
Her parents were by her side.
17:45 Declare Dec 29 as National Day on violence against women:
Asian Centre for Human Rights in an appeal to the Prime Minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh today called for declaration of December 29 as the "National Day of Violence Against Women' and announcement of a national award in the name of the Delhi bus gang-rape victim who died in Singapore today.
"No other incident has either evoked or shaken the conscience of the nation as this particular incident has. While a number of actions will be recommended by the Justice J S Verma Committee and Justice Usha Mehra Committee, the Declaration of the 29th December as the 'National Day on Violence Against Women' and a national award in the name of the victim will remind the Indian nation about the urgent need to address violence against women.' '" stated Suhas Chakma, director, Asian Centre for Human Rights.
16:20 Gang-rape victim's fight will not go in vain: Sonia:
Promising swift and fitting punishment for the Delhi gang-rape accused, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said the nation's 'beloved daughter' will get justice and her fight will not go in vain.
"As a woman and mother, I understand how you feel. I appeal you to remain calm and help strengthen our collective resolve to fight the menace of violence against women," Gandhi, who is also the UPA Chairperson, said in a televised address.
"Today all Indians feel as they have lost their own beloved daughter, their cherished sister, a young woman of 23 whose life full of hope, dream and promise was ahead of her. Our hearts go out to her parents, family, the whole country shares their pain," she said.
16:11 More stringent laws on rape needed: Mamata:
Favouring a special session of parliament on the issue, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today demanded more stringent laws against rape saying that CRPC and IPC provisions were outdated.
Expressing deep shock at the death of the 23-year old gang rape victim in Singapore, Banerjee told reporters," There is need for more stringent laws against those who commit such crimes as the provisions of the IPC and CRPC are very old. "We want the Centre to pass such strong laws that such incidents never occur again. Safeguards could also be incorporated to prevent its misuse," she said.
15:47 Gang-rape victim a martyr for cause of women's safety: NCW:
Calling the 23-year-old gang-rape victim a "martyr" for safety of women, the National Commission for Women (NCW) today asked both civil society and the government to work together to stop such crimes in the future. NCW chairperson Mamata Sharma said the civil society should also assist the government in amending laws related to sexual assault on women.
"The young girl is martyr in the name of women's safety. Everyone, the government and the civil society should work together and help in amending laws relating to sexual assault against women," she said.
It was the duty of everyone to ensure that such incidents do not recur in the future, she said. The paramedic student, who was gang-raped and brutally assaulted by six men in a moving bus on December 16, died 'peacefully' at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore where she was airlifted on Wednesday night.
Her condition took a turn for the worse last night and she passed away in the wee hours today due to multiple organ failure.
15:08 Police invokes murder charges against gangrape accused:
The Delhi Police today invoked murder charges against the six men allegedly involved in the gang-rape of a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus after she died in a Singapore hospital and decided to file the charge sheet in court on January three. Police said it will be their endeavour to ensure the "harshest punishment in the book" to the culprits.
"We hope to file the charge sheet by the 3rd of Jan., 2013. Section 302 of the IPC, which is the penal section for murder, has been added in the case," Dharmendra Kumar, special commissioner of police (law and order), said.
14:53 Gangrape: 6th accused sent to judicial custody:
One of the six accused in December 16 gangrape of a 23-year-old paramedical student, who died today, was remanded in judicial custody for 12 days by a Delhi court. Akshay Singh alias Thakur, who was the last one to be arrested in the case, was produced before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma after expiry of his day-long police custody.
"He (Akshay) is remanded to judicial custody. Let he be produced on January 9," the court said after the police did not seek his further custody.
14:48 Protesters block Sheila Dixit at Jantar Mantar:
According to media reports, New Delhi Chief Minister has been stopped from entering the Jantar Mantar complex by angry protesters. The protesters booed and jeered when she tried to enter the complex surrounded by her security personnel.
14:31 Her fight will not go in vain, says Sonia Gandhi:
In a statement, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said, "Today we pledge that the victim will get justice. The perpetrators should get swift and fitting punishment. As a woman and mother, I understand the pain; her fight will not go in vain."
14:10 Villagers remember braveheart gangrape victim:
A pall of gloom descended on Delhi gang-rape victim's native Mandwara Kalan village in the district today as soon as the news of her death poured in. Village head Shiv Mandir Singh said that a condolence meeting was held to pray for the peace of the departed soul.
He also said there was resentment among the locals over the incident with people demanding stern punishment for the accused.
Villagers want such a stern punishment should be given to the accused that it would instill fear in the hearts of such culprits, Singh said. A relative of the victim said her family would continue to strive till the time capital punishment was given to the accused.
The girl, who was gang-raped and brutally assaulted by six men in a moving bus in south Delhi, died in a Singapore hospital early this morning after battling for life for the past 13 days.
Since the news of the incident came, locals had been praying day and night in the local temple for the early recovery of the girl.
14:07 AI plane chartered to bring back victim's body:
An Air India aircraft has been chartered by the government and sent to Singapore to bring back the body of the gangrape victim and her family members here.
The chartered plane, an Airbus A-319, left the IGI Airport at 8 am for Singapore and expected to return around 8 pm tonight after taking off from there around 1700 hours local time, Air India officials told PTI.
The aircraft is carrying some senior government officials, including those from the Union Home ministry.
13:51 Protests in K'taka,anguish over victim's death:
Emotions ran high in parts of Karnataka following the death of the Delhi gangrape victim with people, particularly women, demanding stringent punishment including death penalty, for the perpetrators of the crime.
As the news of the tragic end of the 23-year-old para-medical student, who was undergoing treatment in a hospital in Singapore, spread, girls of various colleges took out a protest march and mourned the death. In Bangalore, students of women colleges were in tears while expressing their ire over the rape.
The BJP's women wing also staged protests demanding immediate punishment to the rapists. BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitaraman urged the Centre to enact strict laws to ensure safety of women and also the laws should act as deterrent to rapists.
Some mourners, who participated in a candle light march in Mandya, Haveri, Mysore, Bellary and other places, said the culprits should be punished in public, while others advocated capital punishment. Chief Minister J
12:07 Protesters stand in silence at Jantar mantar:
cores of people today mourned in silence the death of the 23-year-old gang-rape victim and demanded stringent punishment for the culprits. People started gathering at Jantar Mantar at around 10 AM and sat in silence.
Aam Aadmi Party leaders Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Kumar Vishwas also joined the protest along with some of their supporters with their mouth tied with black cloth.
Aam Aadmi Party National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "Her death is a matter of shame and sorrow for all of us. Let's resolve that we will not let her death go in vain. "Aren't we all responsible for her death? Can we all now do something so that half of humanity starts feeling safe amongst us?" he said.
11:46 A tribute to the victim: That girl, the one without the name
. The one just like us. The one whose battered body stood for all the anonymous women in this country whose rapes and deaths are a footnote in the left-hand column of the newspaper.
Sometimes, when we talk about the history of women in India, we speak in shorthand. The Mathura rape case. The Vishaka guidelines. The Bhanwari Devi case, the Suryanelli affair, the Soni Sori allegations, the business at Kunan Pushpora.
Each of these, the names of women and places, mapping a geography of pain; unspeakable damage inflicted on women's bodies, on the map of India, where you can, if you want, create a constantly updating map of violence against women.
11:32 Decision to send victim to abroad not political: HM:
The government today maintained that the decision of airlifting the Delhi gang-rape victim to Singapore was in the interest of the patient and not a political decision.
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the government decided to send her abroad following the advice of doctors in Safdarjung Hospital, where she was treated before being flown out to Singapore, AIIMS and Dr Naresh Trehan, chief of privately-run Medanta Medicity.
"It was not at all a political decision. It was in the interest of the patient we had taken the decision," he said when asked whether political compulsion forced the government to send the 23-year girl to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore where she passed away this morning.
11:01 Need to stop the carnage: VK Singh:
Former Army Chief Gen V K Singh today condoled the death of the 23-year-old gang-rape victim in Singapore and asked people to cut across party lines and come together to stop this "carnage".
"We live in our individual cocoons of comfort and hope something drastic doesn't happen to us that will shatter our little worlds," Gen Singh, who took part in protests over the gang-rape incident, said.
"Today, a major part of our collective soul has died and our voices can only helplessly express our anguish at what not just this brave girl has gone through, but what each and every rape victim goes through in our land," he said in a statement.
Singh said physical rape is invariably followed by mental trauma unleashed "by a society and a system that is cold, callous and completely insensitive to the plight of countless victims".
09:42 'She fought a painful battle. Now WE must fight':
Some reactions on Twitter on the demise of the Delhi gang-rape victim:
Shruti Sharma @Swoootie
Hp the shocking brutality of the #GangRape stays in the public eye+isn't forgotten.She fought a painful battle and now we must fight for her
#Delhi #GangRape victim RIP. Ashamed to be part of such a misogynistic society.
larissa gascoyne @LarissaGascoyne
#gangrape victim dies, how will the Indian government react? Will #justice be served or will they continue to turn a blind eye
T S Sudhir @Iamtssudhir
Feel all of us in India have blood on our hands. And we will continue to have unless we make our streets & homes safe for our women #rape
beena sarwar @beenasarwar
#Delhigangrape RT @ammaryasir: RIP the 23 year old woman from India. You didn't deserve to die like this. Its tragic beyond words =/ #Delhi
Sonia Faleiro @soniafaleiro
'India's Daughter' is dead. A day of heartbreak and shame for Indians everywhere.
Amith Prabhu @amithpr
I am ashamed as a man that there are those like me who turn violent and abuse women to the point of destroying them! #india #gangrape
05:33 Rape victim's body to be brought back to India today:
NDTV reports: The body of the 23-year-old gang-rape victim will be brought back to India today for last rites.
Her body has been taken in a police van from the super-speciality hospital where she was treated, to the Singapore General Hospital. Some formalities are expected to be completed there, before her parents fly back with her body to India later in the day.
"Her parents bore the entire process with a great deal of fortitude and a great deal of courage," said TCA Raghavan, the Indian High Commissioner to Singapore.
04:08 Was shifting rape victim to Singapore a wise call?:
As the young paramedic student lost the battle for her life at a hospital in Singapore, where she was airlifted on Wednesday night, doubts have been raised as to why she was shifted there for treatment.
"There must be a lot of considerations as to why she was moved - political, social, emotional - but medically, I think it is sad that we send people like her to other countries when there are facilities here. Shifting such a dangerously ill patient was incorrect," Samiran Nundy, a doctor at Delhi's Ganga Ram Hospital told television channel CNN-IBN.
"If she was my patient, I would not have shifted her," Dr Nundy added.
03:58 Delhi bus gang-rape victim passes away:
The 23-year-old girl, who was gang-raped and brutally assaulted in a Delhi bus nearly a fortnight ago, died at a hospital in Singapore on Saturday.
The girl who was admitted on Thursday morning at the multi-organ speciality facility, Mount Elizabeth Hospital in an extremely critical condition, died at 4:45 AM local time (2:15 AM Indian time), the hospital said in a statement.
01:01 Ex-President George HW Bush's health 'improving':
A family spokesman today said former US President George H W Bush, who has been hospitalised for more than a month, "continues to improve" but remained in intensive care at a Texas hospital.
Jim McGrath said the 88-year-old was "alert and, as always, in good spirits."
Physicians remain "cautiously optimistic that the current course of treatment will be effective," McGrath added.
Bush, the oldest living former US president, has been hospitalised since November 23.
He was moved into intensive care on Sunday for treatment of a fever following a bronchitis-related cough.
00:58 US Congress extends foreign surveillance law:
The Senate gave final congressional approval today to a bill renewing the US government's authority to monitor overseas phone calls and emails of suspected foreign spies and terrorists but not Americans without obtaining a court order for each intercept.
The classified Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act programme was on the brink of expiring by year's end. The 73-23 vote sent the bill to a supportive President Barack Obama, whose signature would keep the warrantless intercept programme in operation for another five years.
The Senate majority rejected arguments from an unusual combination of Democratic liberals and ideological Republican conservatives, who sought to amend the bill to require the government to reveal statistics showing whether any Americans were swept up in the foreign intercepts. The attempt lost, with 52 votes against and 43 in favour.
The Obama administration's intelligence community and leaders of the Senate's intelligence committee said the information should be classified and opposed the disclosure, repeating that it is illegal to target Americans without an order from a special US surveillance court.
00:57 Activists say airstrike in north Syria kills 14:
A government airstrike on a town in north Syria today killed 14 people, mostly women and children, anti-regime activists said.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the 14 were killed in a strike on the town of al-Safira, south of the northern city of Aleppo. The dead included two women and eight children.
An Aleppo activist who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons provided a list of the names of the dead and said the government often strikes the town because rebels are attacking a large military complex on its outskirts.
Rebels clashed with soldiers there today, he said.
A video posted online that purported to show the site of the strike showed a large area covered with the rubble and the walls sheared off of a row of buildings nearby.