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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.

Twitter Reacts To The News:


@DDpan @BuzzFeedNews Justice was not served, he escaped his trial and punishment, the Prison Officers should have had him on constant watch— shahed yousaf


Good riddance. “@BuzzFeedNews: BREAKING: Sr police official says man accused in Delhi gang rape has committed suicide in jail, @AP reports”— Ang G

So much for all the debate on the form of punishment. RT @BuzzFeedNews BREAKING:Prime accused in Delhi gang rape has committed suicide

— addiesharma (@Aditi Sharma)

So much for all the debate on the form of punishment. RT @BuzzFeedNews BREAKING:Prime accused in Delhi gang rape has committed suicide— Aditi Sharma

i feel sadly happy RT @BuzzFeedNews: Senior police official says man accused in Delhi gang rape has committed suicide in jail, @AP reports

— FLYiR (@Rhonda Bennetto)

i feel sadly happy RT @BuzzFeedNews: Senior police official says man accused in Delhi gang rape has committed suicide in jail, @AP reports— Rhonda Bennetto

COWARD RT @BuzzFeedNews BREAKING: Senior police official says man accused in Delhi gang rape has committed suicide in jail, @AP reports

— tinatingtinglin (@Tina Ting-Ting Lin)

COWARD RT @BuzzFeedNews BREAKING: Senior police official says man accused in Delhi gang rape has committed suicide in jail, @AP reports— Tina Ting-Ting Lin

Fucker got off easy. "@BuzzFeedNews BREAKING: Senior police official says man accused in Delhi gang rape has committed suicide in jail..."

— emrysx (@Drew)

Fucker got off easy. “@BuzzFeedNews BREAKING: Senior police official says man accused in Delhi gang rape has committed suicide in jail…”— Drew

@weeddude @buzzfeednews @ap eh, not overly concerned about it.

— BlakeWilliamsNY (@Blake Williams)

@weeddude @buzzfeednews @ap eh, not overly concerned about it.— Blake Williams

Later bro. RT@BuzzFeedNews: BREAKING: Senior police official says man accused in Delhi gang rape has committed suicide in jail, @AP reports

— robertecrump (@Robert Crump)

Later bro. RT@BuzzFeedNews: BREAKING: Senior police official says man accused in Delhi gang rape has committed suicide in jail, @AP reports— Robert Crump

@BuzzFeedNews @ap if this is true then he got off easy!

— sonalika02 (@wanderingsoul...)

@BuzzFeedNews @ap if this is true then he got off easy!— wanderingsoul…

@weeddude @BuzzFeed the asshole got away, deserved far more pain

— vishal1mehra (@Vishal Mehra)

@weeddude @BuzzFeed the asshole got away, deserved far more pain— Vishal Mehra

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