NEW DELHI: Delhi police charged six men with murder on Saturday, hours after a woman who was gang-raped and thrown from a moving bus in Delhi nearly two weeks ago died in a Singapore hospital.
Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said the six will face the death penalty if convicted.
The announcement came as thousands of Indians gathered to mourn and protest the death of the 23-year-old medical student. The woman, who has not been named, sustained serious internal injuries after being violated with an iron barduring the attack, which took place on 16 December and triggered mass demonstrations calling for better protection for women against sexual violence.
She died late on Friday in the Singapore hospital where she was being treated.
Her family had been keeping a bedside vigil after she suffered severe organ failure. She was flown to Singapore from India two days ago as her condition worsened.
“We are very sad to report that the patient passed away peacefully Her family and officials from the High Commission of India were by her side,” Kelvin Loh, the chief executive of the Mount Elizabeth hospital, said in a statement.
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