India Rape Victim Cremated

As nation mourns amid protests, a new rape-murder occurs

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 30, 2012 7:46 AM CST

(Newser) – Amid a national outpouring of rage and grief, the body of India's 23-year-old gang rape victim was quietly cremated today in a private ceremony, reports the AP. The unnamed victim was flown back to India from Singapore, where she died yesterday while receiving treatment for her injuries. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and ruling party chief Sonia Gandhi were on hand to meet the flight, which also carried members of the victim's family. Six men were yesterday charged in the brutal attack, and could face the death penalty.

But even as thousands marched and lighted candles in the woman's honor, demanding an end to the country's pervasive sexual violence, police in the state of West Bengal were investigating yet another gang rape and murder. A woman and her husband were headed home from their factory jobs when six men accosted them, pouring acid in the husband's mouth, and dragging the wife to a nearby farm. Police say she was found dead with multiple injuries.

A schoolgirl holds a placard during a prayer ceremony to mourn the death of a 23-year-old gang rape victim, at a school in Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.
A schoolgirl holds a placard during a prayer ceremony to mourn the death of a 23-year-old gang rape victim, at a school in Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.   (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
A student confronts a policemen during a protest after the death of a young woman who was recently gang-raped in a bus in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.
A student confronts a policemen during a protest after the death of a young woman who was recently gang-raped in a bus in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.   (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)
Indians hold candles and mourn the death of a young woman who was recently gang-raped in a bus in New Delhi, in Allahabad, India, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.
Indians hold candles and mourn the death of a young woman who was recently gang-raped in a bus in New Delhi, in Allahabad, India, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.   (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Students pull down a barricade during a protest after the death of a young woman who was recently gang-raped in a bus in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.
Students pull down a barricade during a protest after the death of a young woman who was recently gang-raped in a bus in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.   (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Foreign tourists offer flowers in remembrance of an Indian woman who died after being gang raped in a bus, in Bodhgaya, India, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.
Foreign tourists offer flowers in remembrance of an Indian woman who died after being gang raped in a bus, in Bodhgaya, India, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.   (AP Photo/Manish Bhandari)
Policemen stand guard outside the crematorium as the last rites of a 23-year-old rape victim are performed, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.
Policemen stand guard outside the crematorium as the last rites of a 23-year-old rape victim are performed, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.   (AP Photo/ Mustafa Quraishi)
Policemen stand guard outside the crematorium as the last rites of a 23-year-old rape victim are performed, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.
Policemen stand guard outside the crematorium as the last rites of a 23-year-old rape victim are performed, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.   (AP Photo/ Mustafa Quraishi)
A masked Indian holds a placard during a protest after the death of a young woman who was recently gang-raped, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.
A masked Indian holds a placard during a protest after the death of a young woman who was recently gang-raped, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.   (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)
Policemen stand guard outside the crematorium as the last rites of a 23-year-old rape victim are performed, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.
Policemen stand guard outside the crematorium as the last rites of a 23-year-old rape victim are performed, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.   (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's car leaves the airport after he received the family of a 23-year-old rape victim in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's car leaves the airport after he received the family of a 23-year-old rape victim in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.   (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
An Indian policemen stands guard as the body of a 23-year-old rape victim is transported home from the airport in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.
An Indian policemen stands guard as the body of a 23-year-old rape victim is transported home from the airport in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.   (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
The body of a 23-year-old rape victim, who was flown to Singapore for treatment, is brought back to her home in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.
The body of a 23-year-old rape victim, who was flown to Singapore for treatment, is brought back to her home in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.   (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
Indian men and women lie down on the ground mimicking dead bodies as they mourn the death of a gang rape victim in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.
Indian men and women lie down on the ground mimicking dead bodies as they mourn the death of a gang rape victim in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.   (AP Photo/ Saurabh Das)
Indians participate in a candle lit vigil as they mourn the death of a gang rape victim in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.
Indians participate in a candle lit vigil as they mourn the death of a gang rape victim in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.   (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Indians hold candles as they mourn the death of a gang rape victim in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.
Indians hold candles as they mourn the death of a gang rape victim in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.   (AP Photo/ Saurabh Das)
Indians participate in a candle lit vigil to mourn the death of a gang rape victim in New Delhi, India , Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.
Indians participate in a candle lit vigil to mourn the death of a gang rape victim in New Delhi, India , Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.   (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
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