Police Say Man Accused In Delhi Gang Rape Has Committed Suicide

Ram Singh’s lawyer: “There were no circumstances which could have led to Ram Singh committing suicide. There was no mental stress. He was very happy.”

Mahesh Kumar A. / AP

Indians light candles and mourn the death of a gang rape victim, in Hyderabad, India, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. Shocked Indians on Saturday were mourning the death of the woman who was gang-raped and beaten on a bus in New Delhi nearly two weeks ago in an ordeal that galvanized people to demand greater protection for women from sexual violence.

NEW DELHI (AP) — A man on trial for the gang rape and fatal beating of a woman aboard a bus in New Delhi committed suicide in an Indian jail early Monday, raising further questions about a criminal justice system already criticized for failing to protect the nation’s women.

Ram Singh, who was accused of driving the bus on which the 23-year-old student was raped by a group of six men in December, was under suicide watch at New Delhi’s Tihar Jail when he hanged himself with his own clothes at about 5:30 a.m., police officials said.

Singh and his four fellow defendants were facing the death penalty if convicted of the attack, which horrified Indians and set off national protests. A sixth accused is being tried and jailed separately because he is a juvenile.

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