India rape victim's body cremated in New Delhi

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A police hearse leaves Mount Elizabeth Hospital on Saturday Dec. 29, 2012 in Singapore. A young Indian woman who was gang-raped and severely beaten on a bus in New Delhi died Saturday at the hospital, after her horrific ordeal galvanized Indians to demand greater protection from sexual violence that impacts thousands of women daily, in homes, streets and public transport, but which often goes unreported. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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NEW DELHI (AP) — 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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