India Gang-Rape Suspects Charged With Murder

Police to file murder charges after woman dies
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2012 5:56 AM CST
Updated Dec 29, 2012 5:44 PM CST
India Gang Rape Suspects Now Face Death Penalty
A wreath and candles are placed on a road as Indians mourn the death of a 23-year-old gang rape victim in New Delhi.   (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Six suspects jailed over the gang rape of a woman in India face the death penalty now that their 23-year-old victim has died and police have charged them with murder. A full 1,000-page charge sheet will be filed Thursday, reports the Hindustan Times. Those arrested include the driver of the bus in which the savage attack took place and a juvenile, along with four adult males. Police say the victim and her boyfriend had just left a movie theater in New Delhi on Dec. 16 when the bus—a school bus of some sort with tinted windows—pulled up and offered them a ride, reports AsiaOne and the Times of India.

Police say the suspects, who had been drinking heavily as they took joyrides around the city, then robbed and attacked the couple before dumping them off the bus. The woman's condition deteriorated at the hospital, and doctors had to remove her intestines because her injuries were so severe. She had been a physiotherapy student. Protesters say police routinely shrug their shoulders at violence against women and were gathering again today to mourn the victim, reports AP. "As a woman, and mother, I understand how protesters feel," said Sonia Gandhi, president of the ruling Congress Party. "Today we pledge that the victim will get justice." (More gang rape stories.)

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