30 Dec 2012

Protests after India gang rape victim's death

6:13 am on 30 December 2012

Thousands of people have joined peaceful protests across India after the death of a student who was gang raped and thrown from a moving bus in New Delhi.

The 23-year old woman died of her injuries on Saturday in Singapore, where she had been taken for specialist treatment.

Six men arrested in connection with the rape have now been charged with murder and two police officers have been suspended, the BBC reports.

The medical student was attacked by six men after boarding a bus in the capital on 16 December.

She was severely beaten with an iron bar and raped for almost an hour before she and her male companion were thrown out of the moving vehicle.

The savage attack triggered violent public protests over attitudes towards women in India.

The woman was airlifted to Singapore on Boxing Day for specialist treatment, but died of her injuries on Saturday.

Hundreds of armed riot police and troops were deployed in central New Delhi where areas close to government buildings were sealed off and a number of railway stations were closed.

Gatherings of more than five people were banned in the city centre but the BBC reports some 4,000 people gathered at the Jantar Mantar observatory, one of the areas of the city where protests are permitted.

A large group staged a silent protest march through New Delhi and protests have been held in other cities, including Calcutta, Bangalore and Mumbai.