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Six men charged with murder after Indian medical student who was gang-raped on bus dies in hospital

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The men face the death penalty if convicted after the 23-year-old "died peacefully" after signs her vital organs had failed

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Scene: Ambulances are parked outside the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore
Scene: Ambulances are parked outside the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore

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Six men have been charged with murder after an Indian medical student whose gang rape triggered protests died in a Singapore hospital last night.

New Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said the six face the death penalty if convicted.

The 23-year-old "died peacefully" after signs her vital organs had failed, according to staff at the hospital where she was flown for specialist treatment.

Indian protesters hold a placard as they take part in a protest to mourn the death of a gang-raped student
Indian protesters hold a placard as they take part in a protest to mourn the death of a gang-raped student

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The body of an Indian woman who was gang raped on a bus in New Delhi
The body of an Indian woman who was gang raped on a bus in New Delhi

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She had earlier suffered a heart attack, a lung and abdominal infection and "significant" brain damage.

Her horrific ordeal on 16th December has sparked demonstrations for better protection from sexual violence.

She and a male friend were traveling on a public bus when they were attacked by six men who raped her and severely beat them both.

They also stripped both naked and threw them off the moving bus on a road in Delhi.

An Indian demonstrator
An Indian demonstrator holds a placard during a protest calling for better safety for women following the rape of a student in the Indian capita

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Most rapes and other sex crimes in India go unreported and offenders are rarely punished, women’s rights activists say.

But the brutality of the assault on 16 December triggered public outrage and demands for better policing and harsher punishment for rapists.

Official figures show that 228,650 of the total 256,329 violent crimes recorded last year in India were against women.

The real figure is thought to be much higher as so many women are reluctant to report attacks to the police.

Indian protesters hold placards as they take part in a protest to mourn the death of a gang-raped student
Indian protesters hold placards as they take part in a protest to mourn the death of a gang-raped student

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A protester with gags tied around his mouth and forehead, takes part in a demonstration to mourn the death of a rape victim in India
A protester with gags tied around his mouth and forehead, takes part in a demonstration to mourn the death of a rape victim in India

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During an address to the chief ministers of India's states on Thursday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pledged to bring in new laws to cover attacks on women.

Separately, a teenage gang-rape victim in Punjab killed herself by drinking poison a month after she told police she was gang-raped.

State authorities have suspended one police officer and fired two others on accusations they delayed investigating and taking action in the case.

The three accused in the rape were only arrested Thursday night, a month after the crime was reported.

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