Death of Indian Rape Victim Sparks Global Outrage

The brutal gang rape and death of a 23-year-old female medical student in India has prompted global outrage, Reuters reports.

The physiotherapy student was tortured and raped by a group of six men who were armed with a metal bar on a private bus in New Delhi on December 16th. The woman was raped for nearly an hour before a metal rod was pushed inside her, critically damaging her internal organs. The victim was flown to Singapore for medical treatment where she died of her injuries Saturday morning.

Her body was cremated and her ashes were scattered in the Ganges river Tuesday morning Police have detained five men and a teenager in the case and are seeking the death penalty against four of the accused, one senior police source told Reuters.

The incident has sparked protests across India, the world’s largest democracy, where a woman is estimated to be raped every twenty minutes, with Delhi being labeled the “rape capital” of the country, according to the Associated Press. Huge protests and demonstrations have voiced anger regarding the treatment of women in India and calling for tougher laws on violence against women.


Reuters 1/2/2013; Associated Press 12/31/2012

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