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Rape victim arrives in Singapore for medical treatment

By Harmeet Shah Singh and Elizabeth Neisloss, CNN
updated 1:56 PM EST, Thu January 3, 2013
Indian demonstrators burn an effigy representing rapists during a protest in New Delhi on December 26, 2012.
Indian demonstrators burn an effigy representing rapists during a protest in New Delhi on December 26, 2012.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Victim arrived in Singapore for treatment, hospital says
  • The woman is in 'extremely critical condition' says hospital spokesperson
  • Her case prompted protests in New Delhi
  • Cabinet to set up a commission to look into the rape

Singapore (CNN) -- The victim of a brutal gang rape that sparked massive protests in India's capital, arrived in Singapore for further medical treatment on Thursday.

The patient arrived at 9:05 a.m. local time, a spokesperson for the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore told CNN.

"She is in extremely critical condition and being examined by doctors," the spokesperson said.

The 23-year-old woman was severely injured and has spent days in intensive care, after what police said was a gang rape and beating on a moving bus in New Delhi on December 16.

Widespread anger over the incident prompted massive anti-rape protests in the Indian capital over the weekend.

Read more: New Delhi police fire water cannon at India rape protest

Police prohibited demonstrations in key government districts, but these lockouts were lifted Wednesday as traffic appeared back to normal at Raisina Hills -- home to the seat of Indian power -- and police removed security barriers from most roads.

New Delhi's metro rail reopened its services around central parts of the city. Services were shut down after protests swelled Saturday and Sunday.

On Wednesday, demonstrations also thinned at alternative sites where students had gathered to protest the gang rape.

New Delhi rape exposes the perils of being a woman in India

The Cabinet plans to set up a commission to look into the rape and suggest measures to improve women's safety. The commission has three months to submit its report to the government.

Harmeet Shah Singh reported from New Delhi. Elizabeth Neisloss reported from Singapore.

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