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Nation will mourn passing of this brave daughter of India: Mukherjee

Nation will mourn passing of this brave daughter of India: Mukherjee New Delhi, Dec 29 : President Pranab Mukherjee condoled the death of the Delhi gang-rape victim in a Singapore Hospital on Saturday, saying that he is deeply distressed by the unfortunate demise of the girl.

The Delhi gang-rape victim, whose assault in the national capital triggered nationwide protests, died in a Singapore hospital on Saturday of injuries suffered to her brain from the cardiac arrest she suffered at the Safdarjung Hospital on Tuesday night.

"She was a brave and courageous girl who fought till the very last minute for her dignity and her life. She is a true hero and symbolises the best in Indian youth and women," Mukherjee said.

"I convey my condolences to her parents and family who have faced this adversity with fortitude and grace. I pray that they have the strength to bear this loss. The nation will mourn the passing of this brave daughter of India.

"At the same time, let us resolve that this death will not be in vain. We will do everything possible to ensure that such an incident never happens again. I request everyone to maintain peace and calm and call upon the authorities to take all necessary steps to bring the perpetrators of this ghastly crime to justice."

The Singapore hospital said earlier that the woman had suffered "significant brain injury" and was surviving against the odds. She had already undergone three abdominal operations before being flown to Singapore.

The Delhi Police has urged people to maintain calm in wake of death of the gang-rape victim in a Singapore Hospital, announcing that India Gate, Raisina Hill and its surrounding areas that comprise the national capital''s power centre would be closed for the general public.

The police ramped up security to prevent any potential flare up of violence or protests as the gang rape victim died of her injuries in a Singapore hospital. (ANI)