Family holds private funeral for Indian gang-rape victim

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Family holds private funeral for Indian gang-rape victim

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The body of a young Indian woman who died after being gang-raped on a bus, arrived back in New Delhi early Sunday, shortly before being cremated at a private ceremony.

The 23-year-old medical student had died in Singapore where she was being treated for her injuries.

Her death and the savage nature of her assault has provoked protests and a rare public debate about violence against women. In Mumbai, India’s glamour capital, film celebrities took part in a candlelight vigil for the victim.

Actress Deepika Padukone was among them:

“I am glad that the nation today has come together. It is not about me, it is not about the people who are here. It is about the nation that has come together. And hopefully this will lead to something much bigger.”

Over night in the capital where the attack had taken place thousands turned out to show their solidarity with the bereaved family.

Pressure is growing on the government to get tough on crimes against women.

Six suspects have been charged with the woman’s rape and murder.