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. â€œ@BuzzFeedNews: BREAKING: Sr police official says man accused in Delhi gang rape has committed suicide in jail, @AP reportsâ€— 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— 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— Rhonda Bennetto
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…”— Drew
@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— Robert Crump
@BuzzFeedNews @ap if this is true then he got off easy!— wanderingsoul…
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