AN Indian woman whose gang-rape on a bus in New Delhi sparked widespread street protests has died in Singapore after suffering severe organ failure.
Authorities in India have been preparing for the possibility her death could ignite more protests after riot police were deployed on the capital's streets in the wake of the attack amid mounting anger at the daily dangers women face.
The 23-year-old was flown to Singapore on Thursday after she was attacked by six men on a bus in New Delhi on December 16, raped, hit with an iron bar, and thrown from the vehicle.
Some Indian medics had criticised the decision to move her.
"We are very sad to report that the patient passed away peacefully at 4.45am 29 Dec 2012," Kelvin Loh, the chief executive of Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital, said in a statement.
"Her family and officials from the High Commission of India were by her side."
The woman had remained in an extremely critical condition since being admitted to the hospital, Loh said, with doctors mounting a last-ditch battle overnight to save her life.
"She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries to her body and brain," Loh said.
"She was courageous in fighting for her life for so long against the odds but the trauma to her body was too severe for her to overcome."