Indian gang rape accused formally charged

By REUTERS
January 3, 2013 14:36

 
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NEW DELHI - Five men were formally charged in court on Thursday with the gang rape and murder of an Indian physiotherapy student, in a case that has generated widespread anger about the government's inability to prevent violence against women.

The December 16 attack on the 23-year-old physiotherapy student and a male companion provoked furious protests close to the seat of government in New Delhi and has fueled a nationwide debate about the prevalence of sexual crimes in India, where a rape is reported on average every 20 minutes.

The five men are accused of assaulting the 23-year-old on a bus in New Delhi, leaving her with such severe injuries that she died two weeks later, in hospital in Singapore, where she was taken for treatment.

A sixth accused is under 18 and is due to be tried separately in a juvenile court.

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