India appeals for calm after gang-rape victim dies

A medical student who was gang-raped in New Delhi has died in a Singapore hospital, triggering appeals for calm from Indian leaders who fear a fresh outburst of violent street protests.

Police threw a ring of steel around the centre of the Indian capital after news of the 23-year-old's death was broken in the early hours of the morning 

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh led the tributes to the unnamed woman as he insisted that he understood the wave of protests which erupted in the aftermath of her assault on the 16th of this month. 

Neeraj Kumar, Delhi's police commissioner, urged people to maintain calm across the city as his office announced that the area around the India Gate monument -- the epicentre of the protests -- would be sealed off. 

Ten downtown metro stations were also closed to the public while large numbers of roadblocks were set up on roads leading to government buildings. 

New Delhi's Chief Minister also appealed for calm and pledged solid steps will be taken very soon to protect women in India's capital.

Indian television news channels carried blanket coverage of the news, with the NDTV network running a ticker-tape headline RIP India's Daughter.