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Article updated: 3/11/2013 9:41 AM

Jail death of Delhi rape suspect sparks criticism

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Mangelal Singh, the father of Ram Singh, the man accused of driving the bus on which a 23-year-old student was gang raped in December 2012, speaks to journalists as his mother weeps at the family's home in New Delhi, India, Monday. Indian police confirmed that Ram Singh, one of the men on trial for his alleged involvement in the gang rape and fatal beating of a woman aboard a New Delhi bus, committed suicide in an Indian jail Monday, but his lawyer and family allege he was killed.

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The main suspect in the gang rape and fatal beating of a woman on a New Delhi bus, an attack that horrified Indians and set off national protests like this protest in December by students, committed suicide in jail Monday, police officials said. The brutal attack on Dec. 16 set off nationwide protests about India's treatment of women and spurred the government to hurry through a new package of laws to protect them.

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Whether he was killed or committed suicide, the jailhouse death Monday of a man on trial for the gang rape and fatal beating of a woman on a New Delhi bus has triggered shock at the enormous security failure at one of India's best-known prisons. Authorities said Ram Singh, who was accused of driving the bus during the December attack, was in a cell with three other inmates at Tihar Jail when he hanged himself either with his own clothes or a bedsheet about 5:30 a.m.
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    • Mangelal Singh, the father of Ram Singh, the man accused of driving the bus on which a 23-year-old student was gang raped in December 2012, speaks to journalists as his mother weeps at the family’s home in New Delhi, India, Monday. Indian police confirmed that Ram Singh, one of the men on trial for his alleged involvement in the gang rape and fatal beating of a woman aboard a New Delhi bus, committed suicide in an Indian jail Monday, but his lawyer and family allege he was killed.
    • The main suspect in the gang rape and fatal beating of a woman on a New Delhi bus, an attack that horrified Indians and set off national protests like this protest in December by students, committed suicide in jail Monday, police officials said. The brutal attack on Dec. 16 set off nationwide protests about India’s treatment of women and spurred the government to hurry through a new package of laws to protect them.
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