India rape victim's body
cremated in New Delhi
Policemen stand guard outside the crematorium as the last rites of a 23-year-old rape victim are performed, in New Delhi, India, on Sunday. Indian police have charged six men with murder, adding to accusations that they beat and gang-raped the woman on a New Delhi bus two weeks ago in a case that shocked the country. In the foreground is a puppet of a couple which reads "the relationship of love is the relationship of life." (AP/ Mustafa Quraishi)
The body of a young woman who was gang-raped and brutally beaten on a moving bus in India's capital has been cremated.
Indian police have charged six men with murder in the Dec. 16 attack, which shocked the country and triggered protests for greater protection for women from sexual violence.
The murder charges were laid Saturday, hours after the woman died in a Singapore hospital, where she had been flown for treatment.
Her body was cremated in a private ceremony Sunday in New Delhi soon after its arrival from Singapore on a special Air-India flight.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, head of the ruling Congress party, were at the airport to receive the body and meet family members of the victim who had also arrived on the flight.
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